DeMarcus Lawrence: Cowboys are going to have to pay Dak Prescott

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Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence has as good a read on quarterback Dak Prescott‘s situation with the Cowboys as anyone.

Lawrence wanted a long-term deal with the team in 2018, which is what Prescott wants now, but got franchise-tagged and never worked out a new contract with the team. He produced another double-digit sack season in 2018, which led to another tag in 2019.

That one was shorter-lived, however, because the Cowboys eventually made him the highest-paid defensive end in the league before the start of last season. That experience leaves Lawrence with the feeling that the Cowboys are going to wind up paying Prescott now or later.

“All the chips are in his hands,” Lawrence said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “He will do the same. Just having that pressure on you there is only one thing to do that is to achieve. I feel he is going to do that. . . . He knows the situation and what to prepare for. I feel he is the ultimate leader. Understanding his character, I know Dak is going to be ready for this position. When he thrives there is nothing nobody can say, y’all are going to have to pay him his money.”

The Cowboys offered Prescott a contract worth $33 million a year before using the tag and there’s been no word of other talks since the tag was applied last Monday.

12 responses to “DeMarcus Lawrence: Cowboys are going to have to pay Dak Prescott

  1. He’ll get his money. Jerry always caves. I don’t know why the Cowboys always go through these situations. Everyone knows the end result. Jerry must think it makes him look like a tough negotiator. It doesn’t.

  2. Yeah, let’s make him the highest paid QB in the league Demarcus. Then you can have a team with the highest paid QB, highest paid DL in the league (you), the highest paid RB in the league, the 2nd highest paid WR in the league, the 3rd highest paid right guard in the game along with two other guys each making $10M per season. The Cowboys top eight players count nearly $125M against the cap this year. That’s 62.5% of the entire cap. So yeah, keep giving out big money contracts and you’ll have ten guys making 75% of the cap and the rest of the team making the league minimum. Great idea.

  3. Ultimate leader? How does “the ultimate leader” go 8-8 and fail to motivate a lifeless team to win a game against the Eagles (or even score a single touchdown against them) with the division, and team playoff hopes, on the line?

    Lawrence, Elliott, Prescott – it’s just talk with these guys. I got my numbers, now give me money. Mediocre, nothing results each year and no sniff of a title. As a lifelong Cowboys fan, these guys are just wasting everyone’s time.

  4. Did Jerry forget about the last Eagle game? The Eagles had practice squad players in that game and still Dak couldn’t score a touchdown.

  5. @kevpft says:
    March 23, 2020 at 11:02 am
    Ultimate leader? How does “the ultimate leader” go 8-8 and fail to motivate a lifeless team to win a game against the Eagles (or even score a single touchdown against them) with the division, and team playoff hopes, on the line?

    I am not saying that Dak deserves a $40 million per year contract, but I was at the game you reference against the Eagles and there were quite a few dropped balls in that game. Now Dak had a ton of time to get rid of the ball and was also inaccurate on several pass attempts. But the player who absolutely didn’t show up for that particular game was Amari Cooper, he had absolutely no impact on that game. Targeted 12 times for only 4 catches and 24 yards, in what was arguably the Cowboys biggest game of the year. Yet he got a 5 year $100 million contract, that I think is above what his market value would have been. I think that countract is at least 10% higher and maybe as much as 15% (or 20%) higher than his value would have been set on the FA market. I just don’t see a team giving him more than $18 million per year at the absolute most and possibly settng his value at $17 or $16 million per season . . . maybe with a little more guaranteed in year 3 but those are more in line with his performance.

  6. The idea of Prescott making more than Rodgers, Ryan, Wilson, Brady, and even Rivers is hilarious. At some point someone is going to have to nip this leapfrogging b.s in the bud. It’s not sustainable.

  7. 100% agree with PKRLVR.

    This discussion is ridiculous. He’s not an elite franchise QB. He’s benefited from one of the best lines in the league, a stud RB in Elliot, and decent WR play.

    Good for him if he’s gets paid…..everyone needs to look out for themselves, but Dallas will end up regretting it.

  8. If I owned the Cowboys I’d tag Dak and see how it goes. He had a good year, lets see him do it again.
    I would also draft a QB.
    Then I might tag Dak a second year or try and sign him if he was a franchise QB.
    But in my heart, I’d be prepared to let him walk.

    It’s one thing to overpay your QB a fewMM, its hard to get a QB and thats not a big deal.
    But if he wants top dollar, and he’s not a top QB you miust let him go.

    Make no mistake, Dak will get paid by someone, but tieing yourself to a midlevel QB at very high prices hurts not helps.
    If the cowboys can draft a so-so QB, that savings of > 30MM/year for 4 years pays for a lot of players.

  9. Let Dak (& his agent) handle his own biz.

    D-Law needs to prove he’s worth the huge bag of $$ he got paid.

    Go get 15+ sacks in 2020 and earn that $$.

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