Dak Prescott: Everyone can “get theirs” with salary cap trending up

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One of the questions that often follows news of a big contract extension is whether there will be enough money available for a team to build around the player who landed the new deal.

That’s particularly true of quarterbacks on teams with other players in line for contracts, but it isn’t a question that holds much interest for Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. Wide receiver Amari Cooper and running back Ezekiel Elliott are also up for extensions, but Prescott believes everyone can “get theirs with the way the league is trending.”

“For somebody to say you can only take so much because of the salary cap or you can only do this or that, I don’t know how fair that is to say,” Prescott said, via Jori Epstein of USA Today. “Because with gambling, with everything going into this league, everything is going to continue to keep going up. It’s important for all these guys to get every bit of their worth. I want to see Zeke the highest paid. I want to see Amari the highest paid. I want to see myself up there. And I don’t think any of that is too far-fetched. Because at the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, a year or two later, you’re not going to be the highest paid. That’s just the way the game goes.”

There’s been a lot of talk about new contracts for all three players this offseason, but it hasn’t amounted to anything more than talk at this point. Prescott said “steps have to be made” for that to change, but the timeline for when those steps will be taken remains unclear.

18 responses to “Dak Prescott: Everyone can “get theirs” with salary cap trending up

  1. Tom Brady, who has a bit more time and success in the league than you do Dak, seems to disagree with you as he has consistently taken less for the good of the team.

  2. I know Mississippi State wouldn’t be a top ranked school, so I will forgive you for not understanding, uh, math, but no. Not everyone can “get theirs”. If Zeke and Cooper sign for the top contract at their position, and you get a top five contract, you’ve already burned through $62 million.

    If Jones and Smith snag top five contracts for themselves, that’s another $23 to $28 million.

    For five guys you could be at $90, or roughly 40% of the cap. So yeah, “everyone, can get theirs”. Just know that after those five guys, the “everyone else” will be scrap heap guys and newbs because that’s all you’ll be able to afford.

  3. The median salary in the NFL is $860,000 and the average career is less than 5 years. Don’t spend it all in one place. You will need it when your brain turns to mush.

  4. No they can’t and injuries are so prevalent in football you risk ending up with players like Avril, and Chancellor still being on the books for years after sustaining career ending injury.

  5. dirtdawg53 says:
    July 11, 2019 at 12:00 pm
    I know Mississippi State wouldn’t be a top ranked school, so I will forgive you for not understanding, uh, math, but no. Not everyone can “get theirs”. If Zeke and Cooper sign for the top contract at their position, and you get a top five contract, you’ve already burned through $62 million.

    If Jones and Smith snag top five contracts for themselves, that’s another $23 to $28 million.

    For five guys you could be at $90, or roughly 40% of the cap. So yeah, “everyone, can get theirs”. Just know that after those five guys, the “everyone else” will be scrap heap guys and newbs because that’s all you’ll be able to afford.

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    Don’t forget D-law’s $20 plus million a year and the 3 lineman (one who didn’t play at all last year) that coast around $40 million a year, which brings the total to $150 million for 9 players. So guessing salary cap gets to $200 million by 2020 that leaves roughly $50 million to split up among 50 or so players, rookie free agent minimum is about $500k and 2nd contract minimum is about $700k which equals a lot of rookies or league minimum discards players from other teams to fill out the 12 remaining starters and back-ups.

  6. When do the owners “get theirs”? After all, the NFL owners are responsible for the livelihood of THOUSANDS of people, not just the selfish spoiled brat PLAYER.
    When Dak gets his deal, I wonder how many Cowboys employees will be fired to offset the increased overhead caused by Dak’s greed?
    No one cares about anyone else except the poor pitiful players who scrape by with just a few million $$$.
    SMFH.

  7. Let’s break this down so Dak can understand it:

    Lawrence is a $21 million/year player and just signed
    Zeke would need to exceed Todd Gurley, so lets pencil him in at $14.4 million
    Cooper would need to exceed OBJ, so lets pencil him in at $18 million
    Jones and Smith, lets use the 2019 transition tag amount of $13.2 each or $26.4 million
    For Dak, lets go with a $28 million per season amount

    So that is 6 players that would amount to $107.8 million of the 2019 cap space of $188.2 million, lets push that up for 2020 to an even $200 million. That is 6 of 22 starters, which would then leave the other 16 starters (5 Oline, 2 TEs, 1 WRs, 3 Dline, 1 LB, 2 Safties, 2 Cornerbacks), assuming the 31 non-starters are all paid $850K per season, $65.9 million to split for an average annual salary of $4.1 million. The current salary cap figures of the Cowboys starting O-line is $69 million for 2019. I would love to see how Dak performs behind an offensive line that is paid $48.5 million less then their current line. A $4 million Left Tackle is about as good as putting a blocking dummy out there, so good luck Dak!!!

    If I was an offensive lineman I would be pissed that the QB that I block for thinks all the skilled position players should get theirs, while the guys in the trenches should accept yard sale discount salaries. Personally I hope the Cowboys follow Dak’s suggestion and pay those guys big money contracts, clearly Dak does not plan on giving the Cowboys an type of home town discount.

  8. The cowboys should put Dak in charge of thier cap management..he seems to have it all figured out.

  9. Fans of the Vikings, Seahawks and other teams that actually draft well would disagree.
    Tough cuts are made and other guys walk in free agency.

  10. I’ve supported Dak because at the end of the day he’s not a bad QB. But look no further than this previous year, where the top 6 highest paid QBs all missed the playoffs.

    Let’s take it a step further, one of those QBs is Matt Ryan. Matt Ryan had nearly identical stats in the regular season for his 2016-17 MVP/SB campaign as he did last year for 2018-19. In May of 2018 he signed a high dollar contract. And even with those gaudy numbers last year (2018-19 season) the Falcons missed the playoffs. There is no doubt having a good QB is vital for a team to be successful, but how vital? If your QB is taking up more than 10% of your salary cap it doesn’t matter if he’s Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Peyton Manning, etc. it’s going to be difficult to field a championship level team.

    So, as a Cowboys fan, I say see ya, Dak. It was a good run but the Cowboys should ride you this year and cut you loose. Because as a fan, the only thing I care about is winning. And clearly, all you care about is money.

  11. If Dak takes 12M/yr, he’ll get his and everyone else can get theirs. No way anyone else will pay him more. Not worth it.

  12. It’s not as simple as “the cap goes up” to justify more money for a QB who doesn’t deserve more money.

    No offense to Prescott, and maybe the Cowboys are that dumb to agree with him, an over-payment on the market is still an over-payment on the market.

    The Jets do this stuff all the time. Cap space doesn;t mean you overpay people because you can. It actually creates leverage for OTHER players on your team. 1 or 2 big over-payments, and it’s straight into cap hell.

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