Ben Roethlisberger, Kirk Cousins contracts drop Dak Prescott’s franchise tender

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Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott lost plenty of money the last two days, regardless of the performance of the stock market.

New contracts for Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will drop the value of the exclusive franchise tender at Prescott’s position, taking dollars out of his tender for 2020 and, absent a long-term deal, 2021.

The exclusive tender comes from the average of the five-highest paid players at the position in the current year, based on cap numbers calculated at the deadline for extending offers to restricted free agents, in mid-April. Before Monday, the five highest quarterback cap numbers for 2020 belonged to Rams quarterback Jared Goff ($36 million), Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger ($33.5 million), Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins ($31 million), Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson ($31 million), and 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo ($26.6 million). That amounted to an average of $31.62 million.

On Monday, Cousins signed a new deal that dropped his 2020 cap number to $21 million. On Tuesday, word emerged of a new Roethlisberger deal that, per a source with knowledge of the deal, reduces his cap number by $9.75 million.

The Steelers converted $7 million of Roethlisberger’s $8.5 million salary to a signing bonus, along with all of his $12.5 million roster bonus. With two years left under contract, that pushes half of the $7.5 million and half of the $12.5 million into 2021. That’s $9.75 million in cap space, dropping his cap number for 2020 from $33.5 million to $23.75 million. (His 2021 cap number is now $41.25 million.)

So now the five highest quarterback cap numbers belong to Rams quarterback Jared Goff ($36 million), Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson ($31 million), 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo ($26.6 million), Colts quarterback Philip Rivers ($25 million), and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan ($24.175 million).

As a result, Prescott’s franchise tender has dropped, thanks to Cousins and Roethlisberger, from $31.62 million to $28.55 million. That’s more than $3 million lost.

The difference resonates into 2021. Under the prior exclusive tag, Prescott would have gotten $37.94 million (a 20 percent raise over his 2020 amount). Now, he’ll get $34.26 million in 2021.

Prescott’s franchise tag can’t drop below the non-exclusive tender of $26.824 million. And it could go higher if other quarterbacks end up with cap numbers in 2020 that would drive up the average of the top five.

41 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger, Kirk Cousins contracts drop Dak Prescott’s franchise tender

  1. Or it could go up with Brady’s deal. Or maybe the chiefs extend mahomes and it goes up again.

  2. It will matter more only if he signs a new long term deal using those numbers as a baseline. He should just play the next two seasons on the franchise tags and force his way out into free agency like Cousins did. Unless……..he has no faith in his talent and abilities.

  3. The Greed of an 8-8 qb. True story this is nothing but FACTS. What you are TRULY worth > vs What you THINK that you are worth. bro you are an 8-8 qb who never did what Wentz anf Goff did. S U P E R B O W L….. thus with an all pro oline rb wr . WHAT DOES THIS SAY ABOUT YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! bro?

  4. Would he have locked it in by signing the tag? Still expect he signs LT by deadline.

  5. Whoopie Doo. Average Americans are at home not being able to work right now. As a cowboys fan I could careless about Daks cap number.

  6. nickles and dimes to the players, so sad…there will never be enough money for them and we fans have to support it!

  7. Said it on here so many times..with no guarantees one Achilles Heal and it is all moot. You sign a long-term for the guaranteed money.

  8. Everything considered, will Mahomes try and break the bank And handicap his team? Brady proved there can be an altruism to position for success. It’s a weird dynamic to the position as these salaries inflate. During a tough time does the NFLPA stand behind a wage gap at positions at a disproportionate rate? What’s more important, the grail or a couple more million? Dak has potential but Dallas has a line in the sand for a purpose. It’s a short offseason with a new program. Keep holding up the train and the sentiment overall is for him to go kick rocks.

  9. Lol I hope he goes down to 3 mil a year as a Cowboys fan that’s all he’s worth. Read a story today that said over 50% of his passes the first 3 games were behind receivers and 68% of his completions and yards were in garbage time. The guy can’t pass and definitely can’t read defenses

  10. He’s starting to look really greedy. They’ve just close all bars and restaurants in DFW. The travel industry is in the toilet and this guy wants to complain about $33+ mill a year. I’m over him at this point and I think most Cowboys fans feel the same

  11. Greed, it has a way of kicking you in the butt, and making you look like a fool. Enter Dak.

  12. Keeps getting better for the Cowboys by the minute, and that’s a good thing for an average run of the mill quarterback like Dak. He got horrible advice he should have taken the deal they were offering last off season

  13. Dak always said “I bet on myself”. I have heard him say it several times. He’ll still get his because Jerry will cave. He’s making way to much bank for “The Palace In Dallas” to have a bad year.

  14. Today is a great day as a Cowboys fan. Jeff Heath signed with the raiders. I do t care who is on the field they can’t be as bad as him lol

  15. Look at all the key losses already because of Dak Elliott and d law. We have no defense left . Not that we had one anyway but Quinn could play and never stopped. D law was absent and Collins played well

  16. He gets 50 milliona a year in endorsements. Would he get that anywhere else? NO !!! He should be THANKING Jerry and sign a 10 year 250M contract. The endorsements will actually skyrocket because he took a ‘home team discount’. The Cowboys could sign other players. WIN/WIN/WIN. He could retire near a billionaire. DUMB DAK, DUMBER AGENT.

    WTH IS HE THINKING? He is married to Gisele but her name is Jerry and he should be BEGGING to stay in dallas (75 plus M a year). He wants it to be 88M a year? GREED and cutting off your nose to spite saying (I forgot the exact words).

    WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, CHECK THE OBVIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. madmike6568 says:
    March 17, 2020 at 9:27 pm
    nickles and dimes to the players, so sad…there will never be enough money for them and we fans have to support it!
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    Just don’t watch the Cowboys. Nobody says you have to support this.

  18. No sympathy for Prescott. $33 million wasn’t enough, coming off a failed 8-8 season? Where’s his leverage? No other team will sign him for anything close to that amount. And if he holds out, his name will be mud in Dallas.

    If I’m Jones, I’m saying: Here’s your $23 million. If you don’t like it, you’re free to go. Or stay and get us to a Super Bowl, and there’s a $10 million incentive waiting for you. Average isn’t good enough, certainly not good enough for the highest salary in the NFL.

  19. Wow caliZcowboy. That was truly rambling.
    But tell me… When EXACTLY did Wentz “do” a superbowl? What did I miss?

  20. calizcowboyz says:
    March 17, 2020 at 8:56 pm
    The Greed of an 8-8 qb. True story this is nothing but FACTS. What you are TRULY worth > vs What you THINK that you are worth. bro you are an 8-8 qb who never did what Wentz anf Goff did. S U P E R B O W L….. thus with an all pro oline rb wr . WHAT DOES THIS SAY ABOUT YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! bro?
    ————–
    Wentz NEVER led a team to the Super bowl and judging by how he’s played he won’t. There are many guys who led teams to good regular season records and not make the big game, Wentz is one of them. Loud and incoherent gibberish is cringe, so quiet down.

  21. lol please lock this guy up and pay him 40 a year…8-8.with ALL of that talent…and 5 of the 8 were the skins giants and dolphins….I have news for you skins and giants both gonna be much improved this year, wins gonna be hard to find

  22. calizcowboyz says:
    March 17, 2020 at 8:56 pm
    The Greed of an 8-8 qb. True story this is nothing but FACTS. What you are TRULY worth > vs What you THINK that you are worth. bro you are an 8-8 qb who never did what Wentz anf Goff did. S U P E R B O W L….. thus with an all pro oline rb wr . WHAT DOES THIS SAY ABOUT YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! bro

    You must be one of those idiots who do not understand teams win and lose not players. For one. Wentz has not even won a playoff game. He sat on the bench and watched a backup take his team to the playoffs and win the SB. He has yet to prove anything other than the fact that he can’t play a full year. Goff was horrible until he got a coach who could hide the fact that he sucks for one whole year until defenses figured out how to stop them. When they had to rely on Goff to help win and not just manage the offense they fell to earth and he sucked again. With both of them having been paid Dak should get more. But he also has not carried his team so he should be just above Goff in reality not anywhere near what he wants.

    Try to show some intelligence when you comment.

  23. Tom Brady will reportedly get $30 million and Derelict Carr of the Vegas Faders is scheduled to make $25 mil, unless they cut him, so it will cost Jerry Jones a bit more money.

  24. Pretty sure that that the franchise tag amount isn’t a big concern for Prescott when a contract worth $35+ is on the table. Pretty standard stuff for a QB with a 62.5% winning percentage and with a top 10 QBR rating. Remember, it isnt the dollars that is holding up the deal, its the years – Dak wants less than Jerry and Stephen so that he can get that next one while still in his prime. Additionally, its CAA driving the talks and those guys are the best at getting fair/better value for their clients – anyone blaming Prescott for the deal and negotiations is just basing their opinions on ignorance and bias.

  25. One factor not considered in the calculation is that Texas has no State Income tax so he’s already doing about 2 to 3 million better than if he played in a State with a 6 to 9 percent rate!

  26. Goff $36 million,Big Ben $33.5, $31 for Wilson & Cousins and Jimmy G gets $26.6 for 18 throws & 2 picks in two playoff games and mediocre play. None of them are worth it not one of them. The NFL needs to address the QB salary market value. It is hurting the NFL teams. It’s hurting the product on the field. And the solution can’t be just increase the salary cap because teams would just give QB even more. It is the number one problem with the league. It should have been addresses after the Jimmy G and Cousins signed with the 49ers & Vikings. It is a real turn off for fans.

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