Delaying the inevitable will make the Dak Prescott deal more and more expensive

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When the Cowboys start their virtual offseason training program as soon as Monday, starting quarterback Dak Prescott won’t be involved. He won’t be involved because he’s not under contract. He’s not under contract because the Cowboys have continued to drag their feet, delaying the inevitable and ultimately increasing the price they will have to pay to get him signed.

That’s the strangest aspect of this lingering impasse. As the Cowboys wait for Dak to take less, the passage of time will make him want more.

Surely, he wants more now than he would have taken a year ago. And he’ll want more a year from now, if/when his franchise tag increases by 20 percent.

The number is never going to go down. Thus, the longer the Cowboys wait, the more the number will go up. Eventually, it may become a year-to-year proposition that has Dak hitting the open market in 2022, in lieu of the Cowboys giving him a 44-percent bump for a third tag, over the 20-percent increase he’d get under a second tag.

Maybe the Cowboys should have simply let him hit the market now. Would anyone have offered the $35 million per year he reportedly wants from Dallas? And wouldn’t he need more than that from another team, given the marketing value of being the starting quarterback of America’s Team?

Regardless, the Cowboys keep painting themselves more tightly into a corner. And even though COO Stephen Jones has shrugged at the prospect of Dak skipping the offseason program, it’s hardly ideal for new coach Mike McCarthy to not have Prescott involved in efforts to plan for the coming season.

The ongoing delay isn’t ideal, either. Unless and until the Cowboys are willing to let the market determine Dak’s value, they’re going to have to pay him, eventually. And it will never be any cheaper to get it done than it would be right now.

47 responses to “Delaying the inevitable will make the Dak Prescott deal more and more expensive

  1. Wait. Rescind the offer and move on. He’s a really good, not great QB. Don’t Jared Goff and Jimmy Garoppolo yourselves, lol…

  2. Yep. Same thing happened to the Chiefs with Justin Houston and Eric Berry contracts. Chiefs waited a year to pay them, and it cost them tens of millions more.

  3. Nonsense.

    Every year the salary cap rises because NFL income is growing by $1 Billion annually. With COVID-19, is likely next year’s salary cap will either stay flat or even decline a bit.

    Like you like to say, it’s unusual circumstances right now and the Cowboys will SAVE money on Prescott’s future contract by waiting it out.

  4. I hope the Cowboys make give him the most ever for a QB. He is a decent QB who thinks he is the offspring of Tom Brady and Russell Wilson. His ego is going to implode the organization. He played behind 1 of the best lines in the NFL. Now that the line is falling apart, I bet the Cowboys want to see wht he can really do. They did not even win the NFC East last year, SMH.

  5. Dak’s image isn’t great, and neither is his performance. I don’t think it’s at all inevitable that the Cowboys will re-sign him, let alone at a higher price. I’m not fan of the Joneses, but dragging their feet in this case might work out well for them.

  6. Die hard Cowboys fan , but Dak is not worth the kind of money he’s asking for , plus wanting to sign a 4 yr contract so he can hit the market sooner and do this all over again . I would rather take my chances for that same amount of money with Dalton and a pick PLUS Clowney

  7. This is the easiest negotiation ever. Day before draft – nuke his iPad and ask for his playbook (if its still paper). Offer him 2 years, 25 per with team option for a third at 30. Offer expires in 12 hours. No agreement- draft a quarterback and toss a 4th to cinci for Dalton. Cinci says no, sign Cam for 2 years at 20. Going to get the same or better result without Prescott.

  8. Dear Jerry,

    10 years, 400 million…..best qb ever..HOFer…community leader…

    come on Jerry, get er done… youll never get a better 3rd string qb…

    Best Regards,

    Your NFC East friends,

    NY Giants, Washington and Philadelphia

  9. All reports are that it’s not about the money, it’s about the length of the contract. Dak wants to get top QB money now, and then he wants to get paid again in 3-4 years. The Cowboys want a long term deal because it gives them more flexibility with the salary cap. The longer Dak goes without signing a deal, the more Cowboys fans will turn on him. I think about half of all Cowboys fans would be fine letting Dak walk right now. The problem, is who replaces him? Cam Newton? That’s a downgrade. After Cam, there is just nothing out there as far as QB’s. They can draft a QB, but that’s a crap shoot. How many quality, starting QB’s are there in each draft? Not many, and the Cowboys have too many other needs to take a QB in the first or second round.

  10. The second I am on the clock next week I would rescind the tag and cut him loose, and then draft Jalen Hurts. After free agency money has dried up, who has $35 million sitting around to sign Dak? He’ll be sitting nect to Cam Newton and Jameis Winston hoping someone will give them $7 million

  11. Jerry Jones is obviously too loyal to his star players. He just overpaid Cooper & Elliot before that. QB money is now just too ridiculous and there is no way Dak should get anywhere near $40 million a season. The Cowboys should just move on but probably won’t.

  12. The Cowboys should take a page from the Washington Redskins management of Kurt Cousins. Be prepared to use the franchise tag for multiple years, otherwise they are going to saddled with a horrible contract that will prevent them from competing for a long time. The NFL is at a point where there is no guarantee the salary cap is going to continue going up each year between the devaluation of advertising, and the potential loss of ALL revenue from spectators, the Cowboys need to make sure they do not pay top of the market dollars for a market that does not exist anymore. If after two years of franchise tags Prescott still refuses to sign a reasonable contract, they should move on.

  13. davekva says:
    April 17, 2020 at 11:48 am

    All reports are that it’s not about the money, it’s about the length of the contract. Dak wants to get top QB money now, and then he wants to get paid again in 3-4 years. The Cowboys want a long term deal because it gives them more flexibility with the salary cap. The longer Dak goes without signing a deal, the more Cowboys fans will turn on him. I think about half of all Cowboys fans would be fine letting Dak walk right now. The problem, is who replaces him? Cam Newton? That’s a downgrade. After Cam, there is just nothing out there as far as QB’s. They can draft a QB, but that’s a crap shoot. How many quality, starting QB’s are there in each draft? Not many, and the Cowboys have too many other needs to take a QB in the first or second round.
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    They didn’t make the playoffs last year with Dak, so what’s the difference.

  14. At this point, I really don’t if they sign Dak or not. I like Dak and he has improved every year, but he is NOT the best QB in the NFL. Not even close. Had he signed 5 years, $30 million per year, I would have been perfectly OK with that. But this has crossed into ridiculous territory.

  15. After the Zeke and Cooper deals how much is left? Not to mention the new contracts looming in the next two years. You cant just keep restructuring deals to kick the can down the road but you’re dealing with an owner who knows the end of his road is nearing and he is desperate to prove he can win a SB without Jimmy Johnson’s players, coaches and game planning.Even if he knows that Dak isn’t worth the kind of money demanded drafting a developing another QB may be too late for Jerry Jones.

  16. Tag him, let him prove he’s a good QB.
    If he does and still wants too much, tag him again and let him walk.

    You are better off with a so-so QB (Gardner Minshew) at 600K than a better QB at 35MM.
    That 34MM pays for a very good Oline.
    Put Dak on a team like the Jets and you would think he’s a below average QB.

  17. Jerry always ultimately caves on paying his favorite players. He’ll do the same on Prescott.

    Me? I’d trade Prescott to Miami or the Chargers, get some very good draft compensation, then sign Cam Newton. If Newton is healthy, he’s an upgrade from Prescott and would cost a lot less money.

  18. “Don’t Jared Goff and Jimmy Garoppolo yourselves, lol…”

    Hey at least the Rams and 9ers got to the Super Bowl even though they didn’t win.

  19. Sign Jamis Winston to a reasonable contract, draft a rookie, sign a veteran like Matt Moore. Let Dak WALK.

  20. As mentioned above the sticking point as reported for some time now is years, not dollars. So he doesn’t want more, he wants less, as in fewer years.

  21. Unless they see another option. Let the draft play out. Draft a Jalen Hurt or Jake Fromm in round 2. Then sign Cam to a 1 year prove it deal, let the srafted QB deveop 1 year. Pull the tender to Dak in the middle of the draft and good luck finding any team with cap space to pay Dak 1/2 what the Cowboys have offerred. He is not worth what it is going to take to sign him long term. Lets move on. Plenty of value out there that fits what the Cowboys want to do.

  22. The “LA” Chargers should sign Prescott and give Dallas the 6th and second round choice. But Spanos ain’t paying no big bucks for a top QB ’cause he got big debt to pay owners for reloc and rental of KroenkeWorld stadium..if it open on time.

  23. And hence, Mahomes.

    Both teams will be cooked because of it. Book it. These teams that are so arrogant thinking they don’t need to pay what only appears to be a bloated price way ahead of schedule to avoid this, are so dumb.

    I would try to deal Dak and just get one of these QBs in the draft, and then just sign Newton or Winston to a 2 year prove it type deal. Leverage Winston and Newton up against one another as unemployed people in the pandemic.

    Just hope you can get a 2nd back on Prescott and move on. You blew it by waiting, as I keep saying.

    This is what happened with dumb Ozzie Newsome and Flacco, Ozzie had to pay wildly due to the lucky SB win, the market spiked wildly in 2013 and here we are years later.

    Just because on irresponsible team spikes the market like that, doesn’t mean that should be the market, but other dumb teams followed, and that gave all the QBs in a QB driven/needy league all the leverage they need.

  24. This guy is the most overrated player in the NFL and second place isn’t even close. The Cowboys hilariously continue their quarter century of mediocrity and irrelevance. How is Jerruh in the Hall of Fame? How ’bout them Cowboys!

  25. Only way it would cost them more is if they were 100% committed to resigning him no matter what, at which point they’d be essentially bidding against themselves. That is a lousy way to do business. The much smarter way to do business is to have a number you are willing to pay. He either accepts the deal (or counters with something realistic you can live with) or you eventually move on. He’s probably a top 10 QB which means he is only in the top 1/3 of the league. No way is he top 5 and I see no way he ever reaches that level. Acting like he is somehow an irreplaceable talent is just silly.

  26. Don’t tag, sign Winston at a bargain price, go get Clowney with some of that money, and draft a QB late first round via some draft-pick trading. (Winston ended the season healthy, Newton not, so if you can’t do full-on medical testing, it’s Winston.) And they’ll still have a ton of cap room, so trade for a great veteran player when some other team is caught in cap hell in a few months.

  27. They should’ve never used the exclusive version of the franchise tag knowing that his demands are way out of line, the market (or lack there of) would’ve done a huge favor for Jerry in his attempts to sign Dak at fair market value…

  28. He’s a top 20 NFL QB, and like it or not, those guys will make an average of $30M/yr at least. The Cowboys really blew their window to take advantage of his low contract/cap hit, while the Chiefs are a shining example of how to do it right. The Cowboys window is now closed on that option.

  29. That 5 year 150 million he turned down lat year may look pretty good if Covid sticks around a while.

  30. davekva says:
    April 17, 2020 at 11:48 am
    All reports are that it’s not about the money, it’s about the length of the contract. Dak wants to get top QB money now, and then he wants to get paid again in 3-4 years. The Cowboys want a long term deal because it gives them more flexibility with the salary cap. The longer Dak goes without signing a deal, the more Cowboys fans will turn on him. I think about half of all Cowboys fans would be fine letting Dak walk right now. The problem, is who replaces him? Cam Newton? That’s a downgrade.

    ———-

    How is Cam a downgrade? Cam took a team to a SB and was league MVP. Dak is 1-2 in the postseason and missed the playoffs altogether last season.

  31. Me? I’d trade Prescott to Miami or the Chargers, get some very good draft compensation, then sign Cam Newton. If Newton is healthy, he’s an upgrade from Prescott and would cost a lot less money.

    I am amazed that anyone would think the Dolphins or Chargers would give up a top 10 pick+ for Prescott. Those teams will still have a chance to draft a QB who will be just as good if not better by year 2 and for a fraction of the cost. QB’s are way overpaid and they will be like running backs in a few years: once highly coveted and paid but getting easier to replace with NFL ready and cheaper college QB’s. Jerruh will never pillage a team ever again like Jimmy did with the Walker trade. Jerruh will sign Prescott, he doesn’t have the time to wait although last year was their best chance to win it all and they blew it.

  32. No it’ll actually get less expensive. Dak is going to hold out, Cowboys will just keep him tagged or try to trade him, and his next team is not going to pay close to 35m for this dude, or else there probably would’ve been trade talks already.

  33. I hope they slow-play him and draft a QB early. If Dak holds out into training camp they should just rescind the offer. Then Dak can find another team that is willing to give him $30M+. I doubt he’ll find any. He’s not that good. That would be about like Ryan Tanneyhill wanting $33M. He’s a good QB but hardly a game-changer. He’s more of a game manager. Dak, even with all the talent on that team, is barely a .500 QB. Against good teams he’s way below .500.

  34. heydouglass says:
    April 17, 2020 at 1:10 pm
    Me? I’d trade Prescott to Miami or the Chargers, get some very good draft compensation, then sign Cam Newton. If Newton is healthy, he’s an upgrade from Prescott and would cost a lot less money.
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    I am amazed that anyone would think the Dolphins or Chargers would give up a top 10 pick+ for Prescott.
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    To be fair, nowhere in that statement does it say top 10 pick. It says trade him to the Dolphins or Chargers, both of which need a QB, “for some good draft compensation”. Maybe “good draft compensation” is a second round pick? Maybe its a swap of 2nds plus a 4th. Who knows? I’m just throwing out stuff as an example. Its subjective. Just because those two teams possess top 10 picks doesnt mean that is what the trade has to include… However, if I am either of those teams, and the QB I have my eye on gets picked, it might be worth it to me to see what Dallas is willing to do on a trade.

  35. Delaying the inevitable will make the Dak Prescott deal more and more expensive, NOT if the Cowboys trade him. He is no longer part of the problem, and they can try to find a solution. His head is getting to big to fit thru the dam door.

  36. Dak has all the characteristics of a great QB except the arm. He has a noodle arm which has hindered him in important games. Like the game at New England or at Chicago last season. The Cowboys can win a championship with him if things align perfectly i.e. home field advantage throughout the playoffs. So pay the man.

  37. Yes, you’re correct Hans, bilzbub didn’t specify top 10 but Guy Hence did, 6th pick plus and I’ve seen several others make that same statement. I just don’t see that he’s worth that.

  38. Dak Prescott:

    1st down- hand off to Zeke
    2nd down- hand off to Zeke
    3rd down- 5 yrd checkdown to Cooper (underthrown or dropped)
    4th down- sit on bench and think about what he did.

    Surely a superstar like Dak is worth 40 million a year. HOF career aside he is also an excellent leader in the community.

    Sign this guy Jerry!!

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