Source: Dak Prescott has not asked for $40 million a year

AP

The Cowboys and Dak Prescott apparently aren’t close on a new deal, but how far apart they are remains a question.

The Cowboys have said they have made what they consider to be “solid” offers to Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper, which would rank them “at least in the top five” at their respective positions. That would mean more than $30 million per season for Prescott.

NFL Media reported Monday, though, that Prescott is seeking an annual average of $40 million per season.

A PFT source quickly shot down the report, saying it is false based on either new money or total value at signing.

Russell Wilson became the league’s highest-paid player in April when he signed a four-year extension with the Seahawks worth $140 million. It gave him a new-money average of $35 million per year.

Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers and Carson Wentz rank below Wilson in average annual salary. Matt Ryan‘s average of $30 million per season ranks him fifth.

A report in June said Prescott’s agent, Todd France, had broached the idea of $34 million a season. Prescott was drafted in the fourth round, so the final year of his rookie deal has him making only $2.025 million in 2019.

Both sides have expressed optimism at getting a deal done. At some point.

Whatever the number is, Prescott is expected to become the highest-paid player in team history but not the highest-paid player in NFL history.

Prescott is 32-16 as a starter in the regular season, with 10,876 passing yards, 67 touchdowns, 25 interceptions and a 96.0 passer rating, so he is vastly underpaid as it stands now.

72 responses to “Source: Dak Prescott has not asked for $40 million a year

  1. I’m not a Cowboys fan, but I fear for Prescott. Getting a huge contract when maybe your talent doesn’t justify it will create tremendous pressure on him. I’m all for a player getting as much $ as he can. I’m not into some of the player-hate that is spilled on this board often, but Prescott would be wise to realize that maybe his career will last longer if he takes a bit less money and lets the Cowboys use it to surround him with good talent. As a Cowboy, he can make plenty in endorsements. He’s doing it already. Do what Brady did, not what Peyton Manning did, and take a bit less so your team can help you with more talent around you. Brady’s way has worked out much better than Manning’s way did.

  2. Tough spot when cap room is running dry. They have to retain their big 3. With some luck and if their additions play well they could be very relevant.

    My guess is that the ‘Boys cant get it done and they lose pieces.

  3. That’ll crush their cap if they up Elliot big as well. You’ll lose olineman and defense. Already have a DE making 20+…best Lb coming due as well looking for CJ Mosely money…and talking about franchising Amari if needed around 20 per?…do it Jerry…send Dallas into cap hell for years to come…

  4. jam11163 says:
    August 12, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    He’s not worth $15 mill a year.

    An 800 square foot apartment in Manhattan ain’t worth $1M either, but it is what people pay, thus that’s what its worth. NFL teams pay Prescott like QB’s $35M Is what it is.

  5. Honesty most Cowboys fans think 30 mill is pushing it. If he can’t sign for that let him play his fourth year under the 2 mill. Franchise him next year for 27-30 mill and draft his replacement in the next two years. He’s a solid qb but he doesn’t belong in the top 5 to top 10 discussion.

  6. Ok Dak, we will give you $37 mil a year but, you will have to lose Zeek or Amari and not be as good as you could be with them at $30 mil a year. What is your decision? Or the team could hold you to your current contract at 2 mil this year. Enjoy!

  7. The Cowboys cap problems flow from building their team around 1 star RB they drafted 4th overall, who is now a top 3 RB. Well of course he will want to get paid!

  8. Tony Romo’s highest cap figure was 20.8 million. Let that sink in, with Dak even in the 30’s…

  9. instead of talking about something you really know nothing about, try doing research and you will see that the cowboys can keep Dak, Amari, Zeke and whoever else that they want.

  10. the fact is there is a easy way for both dak and zeke to get the $$$ they are seeking without harming the cowboys cap situation. if they were to simply get legaly married they could double there household income. not to mention no state income tax in texas. im not saying they have to be in love with each other, (althoug perhaps over the years something will blossom). but if these guys are true TEAM players they will seal there bond in holy matrimony. perhaps mr. jones could even officiate.

  11. Pay the man 30. Dak deserves it. Look at his numbers. It’s just that Rodgers is already becoming a salty old man. Please don’t overpay these other QBs and make him even more PO’d. Our rookie kid coach can’t handle Rodgers the way it is. 30 is fair.

  12. Dak would be smart to sign for 3-years at a team friendly deal now. The better team he helps the team surround himself with who can be locked up for longer term deals now will only help his cause when the new TV deal gets signed in 2022. The NFL Cap will likely go from insane to obscene, and it should allow each team to sign several superstar players, thus keeping their core together.

  13. Win more than one playoff game. NFL is going to shilllit.
    Elliot, Brown, go take a knee. Hell they don’t really hit anyway so why not stay home. This is not my father or grand fathers, or my league. Go watch High School, at least they have to put in work.

  14. Good luck paying Vander Esch, Jaylon Smith, Awuzi, the other Byron dude that plays CB in a few years…on top of having to extend Zeke and Cooper and then resign that offensive line.

    Dallas is going to have to pay the piper soon and make some tough decisions

  15. Jones will probably grossly overpay Prescott because Prescott is one of Jerry’s “finds” which means he won’t admit that the Cowboys would be better off with someone else as their starting QB.

    As someone who doesn’t really like the Cowboys, I have no complaints.

  16. He is worth 25 mil MAX! MAX! You just dont get the going rate cuz other teams OVER PAID! He is top 12 qb and that is being generous NOT top 5! You can ask for the moon dude but you wont get it here…. move on if you cant live off $25 mil every six months!

  17. Prescott is similar to Andy Dalton and Joe Flacco in talent at best. He does not deserve to be paid more than $20 million a year even in today’s inflated market.

  18. At least Wilson had 2 SB appearances and one win to get that dough, but jumping up 30m per season for one player means the salary has to come from the reduction of 2 to 5 decent players.

  19. Dak isn’t good enough to justify anything above 25. Jerry painted himself in a corner here. Should have signed one of them well they were still cheap. If dak loses zeke and they dont have a running game , he will look pretty bad. Them Jerry can pay him the 15 mil he is actually worth. I’ve never seen Dak just take over a game and win it. That’s not good in a league built on letting the passing game run wild. Dak is solid and that’s it.

  20. Nobody talks the fact that Dak played at an above average level for 3 years on the cheap. There should be a modicum of backpay for what they got in a 4th round QB.

  21. Case Keenum is getting SEVEN MILLION this year and I dont think Dak is that far off. We all saw what Keenum could do with a TALENTED team around him. I would make a trade with Washington!!

  22. The Cowboys must not know how this works. They can say they don’t want to do it all they want, but they eventually will or somebody else will. It’s the one position that gets overpaid as long as he guy is a starting caliber player, and Prescott is.

  23. Pay the man 30. Dak deserves it. Look at his numbers. It’s just that Rodgers is already becoming a salty old man. Please don’t overpay these other QBs and make him even more PO’d. Our rookie kid coach can’t handle Rodgers the way it is. 30 is fair.
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    Wisco: Aside from you being a predicitable Packer-hater,you're a dubious talent evaluator, at best.

  24. Jerrah should call Dak’s bluff & give Zeke & Cooper big deals…make Prescott test free agency. Prescott is Josh Johnson

  25. Dak Tebow has lost his mind. He’s a $15-18M QB. He can win if every thing (OL, running game, defense, etc) around him is perfect. If he gets $30M it can’t be perfect anymore. Sign TMZeke and Cooper and Dak can have the leftovers. or let him go to free agency so he’ll see the lack of $30M offers.

  26. Saw the headline and literally burst out laughing. What a generous altruistic elite QB. Make him a saint and put him in the hall of fame today.

  27. @ Angel Valle says:

    “Win something then talk turkey!”

    Uhhhhh, he won his first playoff game last year and kept his team in the Rams game only to watch the Dallas D get dominated by the L.A. run game – the D lost that game for Dallas. Dak absolutely is deserving of a contract extension. The final money paid is between him and the team, and will get done when it does. Why all the hate from those NOT employed by the Dallas Cowboys?

    All the haters simply have too much time on their hands, and they just can’t scratch the itch enough when it comes to hating on Dallas. Pathetic, really…..

  28. But no one complains when they had Dak for 2 mil a year…he has outplayed his contract. 30 to 35 mil is reasonable. Why should every QB be overpaid but Dak? You people make no sense. It’s simple football economics.

  29. In times like these you have to ask “what would Belichick do?”

    Teams across the league must be laughing heartily at the prospects. Dak wasn’t voted in the top 100 players by his peers.

    I think the choice is obvious. Franchise tag, and draft a 2-4th rd QB next year.

  30. “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.” – Dak Prescott

    He should hold out in solidarity of Zeke since Zeke is only following his lead.

  31. xlivsaints says:
    August 12, 2019 at 5:55 pm
    I’m better at my job than Rayne Dakota is at his. I should go demand $41M/yr, or I move to another school district!
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Government schooling on display here…

    So you are saying you bring in enough viewers or sell enough merchandise to have your school make million dollar deals with sponsors to advertise in your workplace? Heck, I bet you aren’t even the best janitor in your school, much less district.

  32. So if they pay Dak $30 million, Cooper $20 million and Zeke $15 million, that would be $65 million or over 30% of their available cap space on those three players. I believe Jerry Jones will pull the trigger on these contracts, because of his ego. He drafted or traded for each of these players and believes he was smarter than anyone else involved . . . therefore his hubris will be his undoing in handed out three contracts all more than the respective player is worth (with maybe the exception of Zeke who he seems to be pissing off more everyday).

  33. Having 3 players take up a 3rd of the cap is going to be tough. Good luck to Dallas on pulling that off. As a Seahawk fan I know this all to well. Seattle for example gave Wilson 35m and they have Wagner on defense but that’s about it. Wilson usually keeps us competitive but its too hard to put anything around him to make a run if we somehow squeak in the playoffs, which I wouldn’t bet on. Fortunately in 2020 we have over 50m in cap space, hopefully we can get a couple free agents.

  34. No, he’s not asking for $40M per year – he only wants a $1 salary and a $40M bonus. Dak getting anything over $15M is just plain stupid.

  35. We’re in the Twilight Zone, where winning one playoff game and, to my recollection, not taking over one single game to date is now worth more than winning a Super Bowl.

    Dallas is a franchise that prints money whether the team is winning or losing. If they weren’t handcuffed to the “win now” desperation, they could afford to say “take it or leave it” to any of these guys and just rebuild with someone else. Elliott’s very talented, but I don’t get the feeling that he, Prescott, or Cooper are irreplaceable. Good, but not all-time great or even best at position, even in the division.

  36. Let me gets this straight … 40 million per year ? Bahahahahahaa. The cowboys are trolling us right ?

  37. kevpft says:
    August 13, 2019 at 10:22 am

    We’re in the Twilight Zone, where winning one playoff game and, to my recollection, not taking over one single game to date is now worth more than winning a Super Bowl.

    Dallas is a franchise that prints money whether the team is winning or losing. If they weren’t handcuffed to the “win now” desperation, they could afford to say “take it or leave it” to any of these guys and just rebuild with someone else. Elliott’s very talented, but I don’t get the feeling that he, Prescott, or Cooper are irreplaceable. Good, but not all-time great or even best at position, even in the division.

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    Solid analysis here IMO; why the Cowboys would overspend on Dak, or either of the other two, is illogical…

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