It seems that since Dak Prescott replaced the injured Tony Romo, he has faced questions about his future. At first, it was whether he would keep his original job. The next question was whether he could bring the Dallas Cowboys back to post-season grandeur. And lately, it’s a question of whether he will get the contract he wants from the team.
We have an answer to the latter: no, at least not yet.
The Cowboys have placed the franchise label on Prescott, which will give the quarterback $ 31.4 million next year. The two sides have until July 15 to agree on a long-term deal, but Prescott is likely to play under the franchise label this year.
In most situations, receiving more than $ 30 million to play a football season would be a dream come true. But Prescott was looking for a long-term contract worth around $ 40 million a season.
Prescott and the Cowboys never really seemed close to getting along, and that could be an underlying problem. It may just be that paying that much money to Prescott over several seasons could hurt the team financially. Or could it be something bigger?
Quarters have dominated the market in recent years as more and more teams realize the importance of the position. However, even with the price increase of the franchise quarterbacks, the most expensive player next season will be Russell Wilson, at $ 35 million. Prescott wanted more than that, and he doesn’t have the career pedigree of some of the other highest-paid quarters, including Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers.
Instead of gaining the upper hand, Prescott is now ranked seventh among the highest paid quarterbacks in the league. It’s still nothing to laugh at, but it does present the possibility that the Cowboys don’t see Prescott in that same level. The team extended ball carrier Ezekiel Elliott and wide receiver Amari Cooper; they could have done the same with Prescott, but did not.
The COVID-19 pandemic adds another wrinkle to any contract negotiation. Professional sports teams are likely to lose a lot of money this year, and possibly for many years to come. Maybe the Cowboys looked at the landscape and thought they would be making money this year.
Anyway, it looks like Prescott is going to have to prove itself this year again. If he can get solid numbers and lead the Cowboys deep into the playoffs, he’ll likely get the exact number he wants.
For now, he will have to content himself with playing under the franchise tag. It’s an expensive one-year trial that could pay huge dividends.