Will Cowboys, Dak Prescott find a middle ground?

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When Cowboys COO Stephen Jones recently tried to make the case for quarterback Dak Prescott not being paid like Aaron Rodgers or Russell Wilson, a reasonable reaction may have been this: Does Dak Prescott actually want to be paid like Aaron Rodgers or Russell Wilson?

Maybe Dak does. After all, the recent elephant walk of quarterback contracts starting with Andrew Luck has resulted in the next guy one-upping the last guy, over and over again from Luck ($24.6 million) to Derek Carr ($25 million) to Matthew Stafford ($27 million) to Jimmy Garoppolo ($27.5 million) to Kirk Cousins ($28 million) to Matt Ryan ($30 million) to Rodgers ($33.5 million) to Wilson ($35 million).

If Dak wants to move to the front of the line, it’s not likely to happen any time soon, if ever. The Cowboys could instead pay Prescott $2 million this year before embarking on a franchise-tag dance that would be in the range of $25 million in 2020 and $30 million in 2021.

Actually, the target zone for the two sides should be that range of $25 million to $30 million. Accepting Jones’ implicit logic that Dak shouldn’t be paid like Rodgers and Wilson because they have Super Bowl wins, Prescott (who has a playoff win) should get more than Carr, Stafford, Garoppolo, and Cousins, because they have zero career playoff wins, combined.

If Prescott is willing to hold firm for $30 million or more, that could be a problem — especially if he’s also willing to go year to year. Come 2022, the Cowboys would be looking at a franchise tender north of $43 million, and that could be the point where Dak hits the open market.

It’s fair to ask what Dak would get if he were on the open market. Maybe the best play for the Cowboys would be to not tag Dak, to let him see what else is out there (or not out there), and then make a competitive offer. Given the endorsement money that Prescott can earn as the quarterback of America’s Team, he’d quite possibly realize after getting a glimpse of what’s behind Door No. 2 that remaining QB1 in Dallas makes the most sense.

59 responses to “Will Cowboys, Dak Prescott find a middle ground?

  1. Heads up there are 32 teams in the nfl. Enough with the cowgirls that haven’t done anything in twenty years.

  2. Just because the Cowboys pronounce themselves “America’s Team” and CBS promotes the idea doesn’t make it so. Most people I know despise them.

  3. Cowboys are just a trash organization. All the other 31 teams int he NFL would be trying to fairly compensate the kid after how cheap he is been paid to play for them the past few years. Only a Jones could mess this up. Absolutely pathetic organization and an even worse fanbase.

  4. The fact that people both love AND hate them is what makes them America’s Team. Everyone has an opinion on the Cowboys. You rarely see any one who doesn’t have an opinion on them. The Cowboys also have more games in the top 10 watched NFL games in history than all the other teams combined. That’s what makes them America’s Team and second place isn’t even close.

  5. Dak isn’t that good. He put up numbers when he had a lot around him.
    Just because “the position pays X” is not a reason to pay him X.
    If he holds firm and wants 30MM then I’d trade him for whatever they can get and draft a new QB.

    No need to tag him, trade him or let him walk (getting a 3rd round compensatory pick).

    He’s not worth 25MM either. Heavily overpaying a so-so QB means the team is harmed for several years. Its much easier to find a new QB at his level than at Russel Wilsons level.

  6. Dak has a Very Impressive first 3 years in the NFL. Is he great? No, not many qbs are great. But is he very good? Oh yes. Rookie Of The Year, 2 Pro bowls, W-L record is Outstanding and Has been one of IF not the best come from behind qb in the NFL the past 3 years. Not to mention his leadership and is a class act. He is like it or not a top 10 NFL qb, yes Zeke helps him, BUT I could reverse that and say “how good would Zeke be with no threat of a Real qb? See TEAM GAME and all.
    I still say that he is a $25 mil a year qb as of right now.
    But hey , haters going to hate jealously runs deep with us. And yeah we get and we LOVE IT!

  7. Watch Carr, Stafford and Cousins throw a football from the pocket and then suggest, with a straight face, that Dak Prescott should be paid more than them.

  8. Football is still a team game. The team that plays the best usually wins. That has nothing to do with who is the highest paid. When a few players get paid an exorbitant salary, they have to skimp on other salaries. Look at the QB’s mentioned in this story. How many have won Super Bowls. Two, Wilson, and Rogers. How many have got to the Super Bowl and lost, one Ryan. Rogers was light years ago, while Wilson was a few years ago. Paying a huge salary to a QB doesn’t necessarily translate into a playoff run or a Super Bowl. What professional sports has developed into is the “me” attitude. I only care about me and how much I think I’m worth. Nobody else counts. It’s about “me”. With that type of attitude, the team no longer counts.

  9. If you can get him for $25 million a year now do it and avoid the franchise tag game. He’s worth Alex Smith, Derek Carr etc… type money but not top tier QB money.

  10. Seriously am I the only one who doesn’t think Dak Prescott even deserves to be whispered about in the same breath as any of those QBs? I live in Dallas and not many people think that.

  11. Kevin Black says:
    April 20, 2019 at 4:46 pm
    The fact that people both love AND hate them is what makes them America’s Team. Everyone has an opinion on the Cowboys. You rarely see any one who doesn’t have an opinion on them. The Cowboys also have more games in the top 10 watched NFL games in history than all the other teams combined. That’s what makes them America’s Team and second place isn’t even close.
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    Actually, most people outside of Cowboys fans don’t care about them. What they relish is Jerry continuously falling on his face because he fired the one coach that made them relevant again. Jerry thought it was all him, and it wasn’t, and still isn’t.

  12. The problem with all this talk is that it’s built upon presumptions. Here are the only two FACTS that we have in regards to negotiations between Dallas and Prescott:
    1) Prescott does not want to take a Tom Brady style discount, in which he clearly leaves a big chunk of money on the table.
    2) The team does not rank him equal to QBs who, indeed, have objectively stronger resumes.

    Those two attitudes ARE NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE. Prescott didn’t say that being paid “fairly” meant being paid at the top of QBs, just that he didn’t want the team to take what his profile deserves and THEN discount it more. And the team didn’t say it wants to be cheap with him – it just noted that obvious, that he isn’t a Rodgers or Wilson etc. Until the talks actually go somewhere and we hear that a side is unhappy with the other, all the rest of the is hugely premature.

  13. I love how people get worked up about the “America’s Team” thing. That line was mentioned 40 years ago by Bob Ryan of NFL films. The fact that people are still upset about it shows how right he was.

  14. Dak may not always be pretty playing the game, And I would be the first to acknowledge he isn’t elite, but they aren’t paying him to look pretty, they’re paying him to win, and that
    he has done in spades, like it or not.

  15. finfan65 says:
    April 20, 2019 at 4:11 pm
    Heads up there are 32 teams in the nfl. Enough with the cowgirls that haven’t done anything in twenty years.
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    Yet here you are, eagerly clicking the story to comment no less. As to your argument, I suppose they could write a story about how the Dolphins would have been in the argument for the ‘team of the decade’ in the 1970s if it weren’t for the Steelers.

  16. indiapalealeblog says:

    He put up numbers when he had a lot around him.
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    In a team game, that’s generally the case with any quarterback.

  17. SundaySwamiSaysDontDisagreeWithPftOrYourCommentWontBePostedsays:

    April 20, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Although hes not worth Rodgers/Wilson money he is more than capable starter so if I’m Prescott I’d be willing to do 25 to 30 million a year for say 6 years but I’d want it fully guaranteed. If the cowboys aren’t willing to do that then let them put the tag on for 1 to 2 years and end up with a bigger deal in free agency

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    So you’re saying he’s not worth Rodgers and Wilson money then proceeds to give Dak more guaranteed money than both Rodgers and Wilson. You do know that if you fully guarantee a contract for 6 years of 25-30 million that comes to 150-180 million? Try using some common sense next time.

  18. Stephen should remember his old man is the one who said Dak would get “an extraordinary contract.” I hope Dak plays that sound byte over and over again at the negotiating table. Jerrah will learn to shut up and back up if he ever wants to sniff a Lombardi trophy again.

  19. Watch Carr, Stafford and Cousins throw a football from the pocket and then suggest, with a straight face, that Dak Prescott should be paid more than them.
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    Playoff wins-

    Dak – 1
    Carr – 0
    Stafford – 0
    Cousins – 0

  20. If you pay Dak 20+million, you loose either Cooper or Elliott. When you paid Lawrence 20+ You loose one of your rookie linebackers. Caps are a fact of life.

  21. killerquails says:
    April 20, 2019 at 7:36 pm
    If you pay Dak 20+million, you loose either Cooper or Elliott. When you paid Lawrence 20+ You loose one of your rookie linebackers. Caps are a fact of life.

    Facts are that we have the room for them HENCE we are in contracts talks with Coop and Dak Now. Fact is that the cap just keeps going up. Facts are that we have room to sign all of them Fact coming from Stephen Jones. Our linebackers are not due just yet, cap will just keep rising, as we just keep drafting GREAT! but hey thanks for the concern,
    Stephen and Mcclay are NOT jerry, make no mistake this organization has changed Years ago…. jerry is just a mouth pice now.

  22. If Dak wants to win a Super Bowl then, he will need some middle ground with the Cowboys. You can’t pay everyone and that’s the problem.

  23. @bspurloc says….

    So then you would take Sanchez over Dak and Romo if you were a GM?

  24. Choose one cowboys fans… Dak or zeke.. Which one makes the other better.. I remember when Emmitt Smith held out(Jerry thought he was washed up). Zeke is that team not Dak, the defense is second and Dak is third or fourth. Quick question.. Who would you spend your money on if it was your money.

  25. suncawy says:
    April 20, 2019 at 8:31 pm
    If Dak wants to win a Super Bow

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    If that’s what he wants he should not sign anything with the Cowboys

  26. Dak is a serviceable starter but I can’t see paying him $25M a year, especially when they also have to sign Elliott and Cooper to new deals soon. I don’t even think any other team thinks he’s worth $25M a year.

  27. Jerrah and the Cowgirls never learn. “America’s Team” hasn’t won anything in 25 years. They have no idea how to manage a salary cap and are the laughingstock of the league with all of their suspensions. Of course they will give Dak a huge contract. And will then have limited money for the middle class. Same old “America’s Team”. LOL. The rest of the league thanks you!! Can’t fix stupid, y’all… LOL

  28. I hope they can’t. Them maybe the Cowboys will draft a real qb. Not one who can’t pass. Over throws wide open receivers and can throw a pass that’s more than 5 yards

  29. I see a eagles fan talking about the Cowboys not doing anything in 25 years . Funny how it only took the eagles 50 to win one time. And a dolphin fan who’s claim to fame was one winning season in what 1972. Both the most irrelevant teams in the history of the NFL. BVoth teams are bottom dwellers and will always be

  30. This is a total joke! Dak’s a below average QB, wanting to be the highest paid QB. That’s just 1000% insane! He’s not even a franchise QB in any way, shape, form, or fashion. To even sign him long term for any amount, would be crazy! They should just let him play out this year, and hit the open market. Then see what he gets. I would bet he only would then get signed as a backup by some team…

  31. Kevin Black says:
    April 20, 2019 at 4:46 pm
    The fact that people both love AND hate them is what makes them America’s Team. Everyone has an opinion on the Cowboys. You rarely see any one who doesn’t have an opinion on them. The Cowboys also have more games in the top 10 watched NFL games in history than all the other teams combined. That’s what makes them America’s Team and second place isn’t even close.

    84 74 Rate This

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    If you replaced Dallas with New England then your getting somewhere.
    Sure there lot of jokes about the Eagles taking 50 plus years to win a Super Bowl but Dallas has been a irrelevant for 23 years those 23 years can easily turn into 50 with that front office

  32. Trade him and our 2nd or 3rd round pick to the Lions for Stafford! Let them over pay an over rated, below average, inaccurate, limited, team has to totally carry QB! Extending Dak at any price, for any length of time, would be one of the biggest mistakes in league history, and will set the team back for years to come…Jerry could then kiss any chance of a Super Bowl good bye for the rest of his life…

  33. If there’s any fire to the rumors that the Jones’ are looking at a different coach next year…wouldn’t this decision to extend Dak be related? If I’m the new coach of the Cowboys and I’ve won a Super Bowl and worked with a Hall of Fame QB for several years…you’d think you would wait for my opinion before choking the Cowboy salary cap with an excessive contract for Dak.

  34. bspurloc says:
    April 20, 2019 at 8:11 pm
    .
    Playoff wins-

    Dak – 1
    Romo – 0
    Sanchez – 4 all on the road which is a record.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The Cowboys have 3 Playoff wins in the last 25 yrs.

    Dak has one of them. Can you please refresh my memory, who has the other two? Romo or Sanchez?

  35. Tashan Harrison says:
    So you’re saying he’s not worth Rodgers and Wilson money then proceeds to give Dak more guaranteed money than both Rodgers and Wilson. You do know that if you fully guarantee a contract for 6 years of 25-30 million that comes to 150-180 million? Try using some common sense next time.
    —————————-
    How about you try using common sense. It may be more guaranteed money as it’s over a longer period but AAV is much, much lower hence the compromise is Wilson is earning 35 a year and Rodgers 33.5 of new money.

  36. Dak is a second tier QB. Throw near $30M per year on a team that is perennially cash strapped and you will be mired in Dolpins like mediocrity for years. There are too many good, young QBs out there and coming out to commit to an above average guy premier money….

  37. Dak is a starting QB in the NFL because of 1 reason. That is Jerry Jones. He would not be a starting QB if Jerry was not running the Cowboys. The guy can’t pass can’t hit wide open receivers and can’t pass over 5 yards.

  38. Pay him like Rodgers? I don’t know how to respond to a statement like that. Send a second or third round pick for Josh Rosen and be done with it.

  39. Dak and Dunk should take what he can get now, once Elliot’s shelf life is over everyone will see just how mediocre he is. Elliot is 90% of the offense.

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