Since Dak Prescott went down with a season-ending injury, the Dallas Cowboys have had to resort to uninspiring options at quarterback. Unsurprisingly, Mike McCarthy’s team has struggled mightily to move the ball and score points without No. 4 under center.
Even though he hasn’t been on the field for weeks, Prescott has been working hard on his recovery. In fact, the latest update about his health status sure sounds promising for Cowboys fans.
Dak Prescott suffered a brutal injury in a contract year
In 2019, Dak Prescott bet big on himself and put together a career year. Yet, he and the Cowboys could not find a common ground on a long-term deal.
So once again, the former Mississippi State tested fate by entering the season without future financial security. Unfortunately for Prescott, that decision could come back to haunt him.
After putting up prolific passing numbers to start the season, the two-time Pro Bowler suffered a gruesome injury in Week 5 against the New York Giants. Prescott fought off tears as he got carted off the field.
Ultimately, the diagnosis revealed that he suffered a right ankle compound fracture and dislocation. Facing surgery and a lengthy recovery, Prescott got placed on injured reserve on Cowboys had to place their star QB on injured reserve in mid-October.
Dallas has lost all four of its game since pulling off a win against the Giants. McCarthy has started Andy Dalton, Ben DiNucci, and Garrett Gilbert at quarterback with atrocious results. The Cowboys have averaged about 165 passing yards during their four-game losing streak.
A promising update for Cowboys fans
Cowboys fans haven’t had much to cheer about this season. But the latest update about Dak Prescott should give them hope about the future.
On Friday, Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones appeared on 105.3 The Fan to discuss a number of topics, including Prescott’s recovery. And based on his comments, Dallas fans should feel encouraged about the future of the team’s franchise quarterback.
“I haven’t run into Dak in the last couple of weeks. What I do is get these amazing reports on how he’s doing,” Jones said. “It shouldn’t come as any surprise. He does everything to the nines and the 10s; he just does it the very best.”
He further added, “They [the team’s medical staff] said, if anything, he’s ahead of schedule and rolling. We expect him to have a full recovery. He avoided any of the complications that come anytime you have a bone that breaks the skin.”
Obviously, this update has to be taken as a positive sign for Prescott’s football future. But will he continue to call Dallas home?
Should Dallas still sign Prescott to a long-term deal?
The Cowboys are saying all the right things right now about Dak Prescott. But when push comes to shove, will Jerry Jones make the former fourth-round pick one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL?
On one hand, it seems like an easy decision. Why wouldn’t you lock up a signal-caller who commands respect from his teammates and produces on the field? Isn’t that the exact type of leader the Cowboys need?
On the other hand, it’s fair to point to Prescott’s lack of playoff success as a reason to pause on paying him north of $35 million per year. NFL teams don’t pay quarterbacks top-tier money to win regular-season games.
Still, letting Prescott walk, or forcing him to play a second-straight season on the franchise tag will send a bad message to the locker room. Jones needs to take care of business and make sure Prescott remains in Dallas for the rest of his prime.
But will the aging owner be willing to break the bank after watching his quarterback suffer a nasty injury?
That remains to be seen.
But if Jones doesn’t make the right call on Dak, he most definitely won’t win another Super Bowl title during his lifetime.