Michael Irvin: “No brainer” to pay Dak Prescott

AP

The Cowboys want quarterback Dak Prescott to accept a team-friendly deal, and the notion that Prescott wants $34 million per year won’t win his agents many friends at team headquarters — even if it’s not really $34 million.

Former Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin realizes that, whatever the number, time is not the team’s friend.

“Every minute you wait, it’s costing money,” Irvin told 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Friday. “This is an asset that’s trending in the right direction. You got to pay him this money. Dak’s agents aren’t gonna let you come in under Carson Wentz. If they don’t pay Dak, we can all pack it up and go home. It’s over. How are you going to get anything out of the other guys if they’re seeing that you aren’t taking care of the top guy? Why should I give you all I got? You got to be smart about this, and this is a no-brainer.”

Irvin had equally strong comments earlier this week, when speaking to reporters.

“There’s no doubt in my mind Dak is the right guy,” Irvin said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Look at these teams. I mean, people stop it. Look at these damn teams, Dolphins, Jaguars. They’ve been looking for a quarterback for almost fifteen to twenty years. This ain’t easy to find. It’s not easy to find and you don’t let one walk out the door if you got one.”

The problem is that there’s a nagging sense that Prescott doesn’t land in the category of guys who merit whatever it takes to keep them around.

“When you have the heart and soul and leader of your team at the quarterback position, I don’t know why we’re talking about his money,” Irvin added. “That’s worth $15 [million to] 20 million, by itself, a year. Now you got to pay him to play football also. I mean, let’s be real here. It shouldn’t even be a discussion when we talk about it, and the amount of wins this man has had, and the way he’s won football games. It shouldn’t even be a discussion. It really shouldn’t.”

But it is, primarily because: (1) the Cowboys have plenty of other guys to pay; (2) Prescott never has been embraced as a true “franchise” quarterback (even though he should be); and (3) the team and some media/fans think Prescott should take less because of the additional benefits of playing quarterback for the Cowboys.

In the end, the question becomes whether Prescott will accept or reject the team’s best offer, whatever it may be. And that’s back to Irvin’s original point: It behooves the Cowboys to get the best offer on the table ASAP, because that best offer is only going to look worse as other quarterbacks sign their long-term deals.

73 responses to “Michael Irvin: “No brainer” to pay Dak Prescott

  1. Wentz is great but injury prone. Dak is good not great, Goff very good but not great. None of them are perfect but that is why Roseman wanted to go first. Now Jerry is stuck overpaying for an above average talent. And he will.

  2. “why should i give you all i got”? WTF really? how about the millions you make paying a GAME, man these guys are getting out of control.

  3. Give him an incentive laden contract with huge numbers at the top end. If he achieves all the targets, then he was worth it. If he doesn’t, he earns less.

  4. If the best QBs are making 35M per year why on earth should Dak get the same? Sure, starting QBs should make a lot but Dak’s play is not elite. 25M a year would be more appropriate for his talent.

  5. No-brainer to keep this year, but his QBR’s been going backward each year (79, 69, 59) and last year he’d become quite the fumble machine (12, up from 4 in 2017) for similar rushing.

  6. Dakota is not worth 34 million a year. His supporting cast makes him look better than he actually is. He himself doesnt make anyone better. You only pay the guys who elevate everyone around them and Dakota does not.

  7. He’s a very average running back who has a marginal ability to pass. He can’t win big games or beat a defensive blitz with his arm. He should earn $1. He is woefully inept at passing touchdowns.

  8. Oh, it’s a no brainer alright!

    Dak w/o an elite OL and RB … is a 4th round QB.

    He ain’t elite.

  9. Come on Maaaaan!! Dak was a nice find in draft but if you pay him $35MM you are paying him for Zekes production. It’s like Flacco getting paid from Boldin’s success. Imagine if the pay Dak and Zeke walks?

  10. Please, Please Jerruh, overpay this weak QB in Dakota. All your rivals are begging you. I can’t wait till he is taking a huge chunk of the cap space and being a C- QB which is his ceiling.

  11. This “latest contract” thing is getting ridiculous. Average QBs demanding to be in the top tier just because of recent contracts. What team would offer Dak 32m/yr anyway? Cowboys should offer him like 25m, or he can go to the Dolphins and stink it up there.

    Sadly they will probably give in, and end up with no money to pay anyone else, while still having average QB play.

  12. discountdoublecheck says:
    June 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm
    I mean…it’s at least kind of a brainer.

    His arm isn’t elite, he needs Zeke to be special, and proved without a dominant running game that he is average at best so yeah its definitely a bit of a brainer your right. Do people forget the season in which the Cowboys didn’t have Zeke for those 6 games. They went 3-3 with the 3 losses against good teams and their wins against bad teams. Against the good teams they lost to they scored a combined 21 points in 3 games. If your an elite QB you score more points than that.

  13. I do not agree with Michael Irvin, but then I do not agree that the QB is the “most important position on the field” either. No QB has ever been great without a whole lot of supporting cast – and several teams have claimed the Lombardi without even a good one. Several great QBs have been limited because they have had no supporting cast. Team sport.

    The guy by all accounts is a mid-tier QB. Above average is the best that I can find. He also isn’t very good on the TV eye test. He is adequate on a team that relies on so many other pieces to be good. He does not deserve elite money.

  14. Please pay him. Pay him as much as possible. That will prevent the Cowboys from winning. No roster which has devoted more than 13% of its payroll to a qb has won a super bowl in over 20 years.

  15. Weird Irvin brings up the Jaguars. They were a half away from the Super Bowl in the AFC championship, Bortles outplaying his mean performance at 13 of 15 for 155 and a TD. Came up short. Not backing Blake by any means, but these Cowboys who seem on the verge of committing massive dollars to mediocrity, are further away than Bortle’s Jags (and Dak isn’t the guy to push them over the edge). Dak needs to outperform his established mean to get them sniff a trophy. Is there anybody here who thinks the Jags should have resigned Bortles to Wentz, Cousins, or whoever type of money? It would massively bank on outperforming your past play. Dak could – so could Bortles, or Winston or Palmer, Mariota, or , but if he’s not top 5, not top 10 you’re really pre-paying for upping his future performance.

    I get it, QB market is tough today. Bird in hand, two in the bush kinda stuff, but there’s going to be a lot more teams (not just Dallas) who get screwed by whoever continually raises the QB payscale.

  16. The last two NFC teams to win the Super bowl paid the quarterback position $2 million and $7 million respectively. $40 million isn’t likely to get it done

  17. What additional benefits come with being the cowboys qb as opposed to any other franchise qb?
    ======
    You mean OTHER than the scads of endorsements deals thrown at him for being the face of the franchise that – aside from the Yankees – is the most popular in America?

  18. “The last two NFC teams to win the Super bowl paid the quarterback position $2 million and $7 million respectively.”

    And Dallas paid Prescott $630 000 last year. So what?

  19. “the franchise that – aside from the Yankees – is the most popular in America?”

    The Yankees have at least won something in the last 20 years

  20. Why can’t anybody comprehend that he isn’t getting $34M/year on average?

    If he adds 4 years at $34M/year to his current 1 year $2.025M it’s a new 5 year $138.025M contract which equates to $27.6M per year. That seems fair for both player and team.

    The player (and agent) wants to be compensated at $30M per year on average for the duration of his deal. The team knows if they let him play out his deal this year and franchise him for 2 years it equates to a total of 3 years for about $64M which equals about $21M per year. $27.6M is almost in the middle. Not that hard to figure out.

  21. If I were the Cowboys I would offer him a 3 year $70M fully guaranteed contract and tell him he can accept the guaranteed money or expect to be franchise tagged. If he lives up to the hype then in 3 years he’ll get a top contract with long term money like he wants.

    It has nothing to do with whether or not Dallas believes in him as their franchise QB and everything to do with business. They have a mechanism in place (the franchise tag) to keep him for at least the next 3 years at an average of about $21M per season. That’s a fact. So the ball is in his court.

  22. Michael Irvin isn’t a guy I take all that seriously all the time, but he’s 100% right on Dak Prescott. Prescott is a top 5 type QB. He’s a complete QB. He’s also very young and, even though he’s been very successful, he hasn’t reached his prime. Often teams overpay for guys based on what they’ve already done. With Prescott it’s the opposite. The Cowboys haven’t come close to paying him for what he’s done so far. But that’s ok. They can pay him for what he’s going to do. And that is lead his team to the super bowl. It could come this year, and Jerry Jones will look like he’s getting a steal at $34 million.

  23. Really? 34million? That’s ridiculous! Michael is pretty “free” with Jerry’s money. I wonder if he had to pay for an average, at best, QB 34mil would he do it? Zak is a game manager who has shown he can’t take over a game and put the team on his back carrying them to victory if they were behind in the 4th qtr. The Cowboys created this problem by not drafting a QB last year. Hey, I hear Johnny Manzell is available!

  24. akuma9000

    LOL… do you even watch football? Dak has the most game winning drives and 4th quarter comebacks in the league since he was drafted. 14 of his 32 wins were won by him leading a game winning drive. On those drives the offense through the ball 80% of the time.

    Again, if I were the Cowboys I would fully leverage the franchise tag (because business comes first) in order to pay him less. But your statement is 100% invalid based on his accomplishments.

  25. (3) the team and some media/fans think Prescott should take less because of the additional benefits of playing quarterback for the Cowboys.
    ———————-

    Actually, it’s because most people don’t see Dak and Dunk as being a franchise guy! Playing for the Cowboys has nothing to do with it!

  26. axesbluestar says:
    June 14, 2019 at 4:50 pm
    What additional benefits come with being the cowboys qb as opposed to any other franchise qb?
    ======
    You mean OTHER than the scads of endorsements deals thrown at him for being the face of the franchise that – aside from the Yankees – is the most popular in America?

    —–

    Yeah, try being a franchise QB from a small market like Indy or Green Bay. That would suck trying to land big endorsement deals. Oh wait, never mind.

  27. why pay even $10M for a second running back, just because he’s the coach and owners pet?

    especially a RB who hasn’t beaten a playoff calibre team and has turned into a fumble machine?

  28. 50+ million for Dak / Cooper and Daniel Jones is an NFC East dream of mine.
    Throw in the bad fantasy football stylings of Snyder / Allen and enjoy!

  29. The Yankees have at least won something in the last 20 years.
    ======
    Oh, right, got it. Being the face of an iconic franchise that consistently draws high TV ratings is some sort of negative. Yeah, no one would want him for endorsement deals. Smh

  30. Something has to be done about the salary cap. I don’t care what they pay him. There are 53 players active plus practice squad. Just underv200 milllion available…….

  31. Without having a top 10 draft pick, it’s hard to find a franchise QB. Tony Romo led the cowboys for years, but rarely ever made the play-offs. Aikman led the cowboys to 3 SB titles within his first 6 years. He started making the big bucks, talent around him dwindled.

    Paying Dak $34 million a year is only gonna ensure the cowboys have a “decent” QB that eating heavy into the salary cap. With so much less money to spend on other players will mean the cowboys will remain mediocre for the next decade.

  32. Looking at the starting QBs of the age range 25 to 29, he’s shocking the ONLY ONE that’s remained healthy, so it’s hard to make a good comparison.

    That being said, while he’s not worth that money now (neither are some of the others that are getting it) and I think he’ll keep getting better.

    And with the Cowboys OL so focused on run blocking, it’s very nice that they have a mobile QB.

    But no one should take less for being on a specific team… if he wants to take a home town discount that’s one thing, but just because Cowboys is BS. If you win, fans will love their QBs, period.

    If Cowboys let Dak go, I wonder if we’ll see a repeat of the Redskins this last season.

    Also another reason the Cowboys want Dak to take less is because they have been over spending elsewhere, which isn’t Dak’s fault, and if they have been over paying others, shouldn’t he expect to be over paid some too?

  33. ME thinks he isnt the clueless one here.

    footballisbetterthanyourfavoritesport says:
    June 14, 2019 at 7:12 pm
    axesbluestar says:
    June 14, 2019 at 4:50 pm
    What additional benefits come with being the cowboys qb as opposed to any other franchise qb?
    ======
    You mean OTHER than the scads of endorsements deals thrown at him for being the face of the franchise that – aside from the Yankees – is the most popular in America?

    —–

    Yeah, try being a franchise QB from a small market like Indy or Green Bay. That would suck trying to land big endorsement deals. Oh wait, never mind.

  34. Michael Irvin….no brainer…too easy
    PLEASE overpay Dak and continue Dallas’s mediocrity.
    Dallas, Washington, Detroit only three teams with no NFC Championship appearance in 20 years.
    That is all.

  35. Dak came into the league in 2016 and has started every game for the Cowboys. During that time, only The Patriots, Steelers, and Chiefs have won more games than Dak and the Cowboys. It’s a QB league more than at any other time in NFL history. Either Dak is an elite franchise QB, or the Cowboys have the best overall roster in the league and Jerry Jones should be getting credit as the best GM in the game. Which one is it? RB’s don’t carry teams or else the Giants would have won the super last year.

  36. charliecharger says:
    June 15, 2019 at 7:45 am
    Dak came into the league in 2016 and has started every game for the Cowboys. During that time, only The Patriots, Steelers, and Chiefs have won more games than Dak and the Cowboys. It’s a QB league more than at any other time in NFL history. Either Dak is an elite franchise QB, or the Cowboys have the best overall roster in the league and Jerry Jones should be getting credit as the best GM in the game. Which one is it? RB’s don’t carry teams or else the Giants would have won the super last year.

    ___

    You’re missing a critical piece my friend. How many playoff games has Dak won? I’ll help – ONE. And how many has he lost? Lemme help again – THREE. And let’s talk conference or SB championships – NONE.

    So your ultimatum of Elite QB vs. Best Roster in the league, leaves out a third option – NEITHER. They’ve had the third best record in the league over 2 years. Dude. That’s 2 seasons. That’s nothing. Look at what Seattle’s done over the last 8-9 years, only trailing New England during that time. Not to mention, 2 SB appearances, 2 NFC Championships, 1 World Championship, and an 8-5 playoff record. Not to mention, a QB with the 2nd highest passer rating in NFL history. THAT’s an elite QB, deserving of top-tier money. Not a couple of seasons with the NFL’s third-best record, and one playoff win.

    My goodness.

  37. Every player and ex-player will always say the same thing. Pay the man! So quoting them as ‘experts’ is just silly.

    Dak is nowhere near elite and paying him that kind of money guarantees they’ll never win anything b/c you can’t pay anyone else! It’s stupidity. Cap strapped with a mediocre QB – is a way worse situation than building a solid team and then finding a QB on a rookie deal to make a run – just like Dak was. Or get a vet like Foles to drop in.

    Love Irvin, but his opinion on salary concerns is laughable. These QB’s are making way way too much money and it’s hurting their teams. Meanwhile Brady keeps playing on a discount and guess what? They keep winning.

  38. If we take a step back from the hand-wringing over QB salaries and want to assign blame, it’s Washington. They tagged Cousins for two season and the one thing the tag does more than anything else is it assigns a value to a player, and that value is always higher than what the player’s non-tag market value would’ve been.

    So once Cousins’ value was raised to the ridiculous, it set the stage for his Minnesota deal, Garrapolo, etc. on down the line. And for some reason the deals teams are agreeing to aren’t slightly above the last guy, they’re a big chuck above.

    Having said all that – this is where the league is at with QB salaries. Is Prescott “great”? No, but he’s still young and can grow. Remember, last year he lost his two primary targets in Dez and Whitten and they weren’t replaced.

    Teams can’t just say “give us a discount” – because that’s nonsense. They can’t have it both ways. Teams cut guys under contract all the time – they have no loyalty, so why should the players?

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