Dak Prescott’s contract situation with the Dallas Cowboys has become an exhausting matter. Although any new deal can’t be worked out until next offseason, it remains a prominent topic of discussion around the organization. Another layer may have been added after team owner Jerry Jones‘ recent comments about other star quarterbacks.
Dak Prescott’s contract situation
It has been repeatedly discussed over the last several months, but it’s hard to ignore Dak Prescott’s contract situation.
Prescott will play the entire 2020 season under the franchise tag with questions lingering around his long-term future. There have been positive remarks made from both sides that suggest a deal can get done next offseason. The 26-year-old has voiced that he wants to spend his entire career with the franchise.
Meanwhile, both Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones have aired a strong desire to get Prescott under a long-term deal. It’s a discussion that will have to wait until next offseason, but it’s one that doesn’t mean it will be swept under the rug entirely until then. With that in mind, the elder Jones made some intriguing remarks that should draw Prescott’s interest.
Jerry Jones just voiced a subtle message to Dak Prescott
Jerry Jones has spoken about Dak Prescott’s contract situation at volume since last offseason.
However, the massive extensions that both Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson inked in the last few months have put a greater spotlight on Prescott’s future. Jones was recently asked about these two significant moves to which he voiced that he wasn’t surprised that Mahomes and Watson earned their respective deals. (H/T Dallas Morning News)
“There have been no surprises here,” Jones said on KRLD-FM. “No surprises in Mahomes and Watson. They just happen to be arguably two of the top players in the National Football League, prospective players and however you want to define them play the key positions. And so, I would say that you see no surprise here at all.”
At a glance, there may not be much to take away from Jones’ remarks. What it does show is that he believes that each player deserved their respective deals behind what they already accomplished on the field. It should provide Prescott with a clear message that he must play at an elite level to get the deal he wants.
The 26-year-old wants to be paid like a top talent, which means he must prove it in the 2020 season. It all sets up what should be an exciting campaign in Dallas for another reason.
Big expectations ahead for 2020 season
Dak Prescott has no shortage of motivation to put forth the best season of his career in 2020, well beyond his contract situation.
The Cowboys are coming off a campaign where they let an NFC East division title and a playoff appearance slip through their grasp. The front office has added more firepower to the roster on both sides of the ball that have only ramped up the expectations. Many believe they have the roster capable of competing for a Super Bowl.
It places significant pressure on Prescott to be the guiding force to move the franchise to the grandest stage. The Cowboys are loaded offensively, including having three wide receivers that could all record 1,000 receiving yards. The cards are on the table for Dallas, which Prescott will have his contractual future directly in his hands.