Troy Aikman “strongly believes” Dak Prescott, Cowboys reach deal

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The Cowboys have had a long line of great quarterbacks, but Danny White and Tony Romo didn’t quite ascend to the level of Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman because they never won a Super Bowl. (In fact, neither White nor Romo even got to a Super Bowl as a starting quarterback.)

Aikman sees a lot of the same traits the other great Cowboys’ quarterbacks had — namely an unselfishness in putting the team’s success above personal success — in Dak Prescott.

He also sees Prescott being the Cowboys’ quarterback for a long time with a chance to do great things.

“I love Dak Prescott,” Aikman told Mike Fisher of SI.com on Monday. “I love everything about him. . . . I’m not saying anything the Cowboys don’t already know. They will pay him. He’s going to make a lot of money, and I think he’s going to be the quarterback for the Cowboys for a long, long time and continue to have a great career.”

The Cowboys have used the franchise tag on Prescott, paying him $31.4 million in 2020, and the sides have until July 15 to reach a long-term deal. The sides have talked more than a year without a deal, but Aikman insists that’s not a big deal.

The FOX analyst “strongly believes” the sides reach an agreement.

“I’ve been surprised that there has been so much discussion about his contract,” Aikman said. “It’s not like he’s not going to be playing for the Cowboys in 2020. Whether he is franchised or he has a deal, he’s going to be here playing and eventually a deal gets done. So, it’s not high on my list of things I look at the league and what’s happening with the other 31 teams.”

24 responses to “Troy Aikman “strongly believes” Dak Prescott, Cowboys reach deal

  1. Let him test the free agent market.

    as the saying goes, it only takes one so maybe there is one team that will over pay him…but my guess is that Dak will quickly realize he has little to no leverage….

    put Dak on a team bereft of talent elsewhere and that team is looking for a new QB….Dallas has quite a bit of talent including the two things most important to a QB, esp an average one…a great oline and a running back.

  2. I want Dak as the starting Cowboy QB for many,many,many years also…and I hope Jerry pays him a gazzion $$$ also….Eagles fan.

  3. Believe me, the rest of the NFCE hopes Dak stays in Dallas a long, long time… Lots and lots of futile and wasted years.

  4. The better performing teams are not alone in their concern for overpaying certain player positions at the determent of not being able to afford the supporting players who allow these players to perform at higher levels. As rookie salaries are transformed into higher salaries based upon performance, many want to be paid liked the top dog in their position. The NFL salary cap prevents that from happening and prevents teams from holding on to skilled players. This explains why the Tom Brady’s take less in salary to hold together the best team they can. This could lead to salary caps for player positions that in total can’t exceed the team cap. And 12% cap for QBs should be the starting player cap point. For 2020 the NFL team salary cap is $198.2 million. 12% of the cap is $23.8 million leaving $174.5 million for the remaining 54 players plus the practice squad. No matter how you divvy up the remaining cap after paying the QB their 12%, the team will suffer in paying for talent to support the QB. This is a Team sport that require a good supporting cast of players to be successful. Without a good supporting team, players will struggle to even be average.
    Time to move on with Andy Dalton and not spend a fortune to resign a QB that is more of a back up. The Cowboys as a team have carried Dak and he has not demonstrated that he can reverse that and be a leader. Without a good supporting team Dak struggles to even be average. Pay a QB more than 12% of your cap will not allow a team to fill in the required positions to be playoff bound! Hopefully the consideration for his trade will get you a good QB draft prospect to learn under Dalton.

  5. One thing is for certain: If they DON’T reach a deal Dak will be kicking himself for the rest of his career because it would undoubtedly cost him tens of millions. Nobody wants to be the guy who turned down $34 million per year because he couldn’t stand any less than $35 only to then have to settle for like $10 million less than that from some other team.

  6. When it comes to the Cowboys, whatever you’ve expected Aikman to say, he always says what he truly believes. Whether it’s about Jerry Jones or the team. He doesn’t play favorites, and he doesn’t have any bone to pick. Troy is the ultimate professional. I have to admit, I see the same thing in Dak Prescott. Since Dak has been in the league, only Tom Brady has won more NFL football games than Dak. I put Dak right up there with the top 5 QB’s in the league. He’s definitely good enough to win rings. His best years are still in front of him. I’m not even a Cowboys’ fan.

  7. Please, Aikman had to win a Super Bowl before he got a $50 million contract. Staubach never got paid anywhere near that much money.

    Only Staubach and Aikman have ever won Super Bowls for the Cowboys. Meredith and White at least advanced to the conference championship. No quarterback since has won a divisional playoff game.

    Prescott has won one wild card game. He has never played in a conference championship or a Super Bowl. He is not worth the money he’s demanding.

    When Jerry Jones dismissed Jimmy Johnson, Aikman said that if he knew it was going to be like this, he wouldn’t have signed the contract. And now he’s promoting Prescott? Well, I suppose that’s what a former Cowboys quarterback does as an announcer. Strange that I don’t hear Romo saying the same thing. And he couldn’t advance to a conference championship or appear in a Super Bowl.

    Aikman knows Jerry Jones. So does Romo. What’s the difference? One is a Super Bowl champion, and the other never got to a conference championship.

    But Romo is a better announcer than Aikman. Go figure.

  8. Dak has an inflated sense of his value. I am not for or against the Cowboys but I would love to see Jerry say “sorry Dak – we’ve tried, but it looks like this is not going to work out. We wish you the best”. Paying 35 million for a slightly above average quarterback is crazy. He’s not Aaron Rogers or Russia Wilson.

  9. This Cowboy’s team is reminding me of the Red Sox of the late 60s/early 70s. Lots of talent but not much to show for it. The word was that the Ton Yawkey – the owner – wanted to be pals with the players and didn’t hold people accountable for their mistakes. That does sound familiar.

  10. Aikman is correct about the Cowboys paying Prescott. Other than that though, he’s simply repeating the usual overestimation of Prescott’s skills. Romo was a better QB yet the Cowboys didn’t go anywhere with him. It will be the same with Prescott as his cap hit tightly constrains the teams’ options in other areas.

  11. stexan says:
    May 25, 2020 at 7:41 pm
    This Cowboy’s team is reminding me of the Red Sox of the late 60s/early 70s. Lots of talent but not much to show for it. The word was that the Ton Yawkey – the owner – wanted to be pals with the players and didn’t hold people accountable for their mistakes. That does sound familiar.
    ————————————-

    Except this has been going on with Jerry Jones for the past 25 years which amounts to
    a lot longer time period. He has been the common element during this period as GM.

  12. I strongly believe they will give him a deal worth way more than he deserves. I also strongly believe they will regret paying him all this money while they are sitting at home for the playoffs every year while Dak is their QB.

  13. Aikman sees a lot of the same traits the other great Cowboys’ quarterbacks had — namely an unselfishness in putting the team’s success above personal success — in Dak Prescott.

    Um, no. He’s all about his own personal success, as in how much money can I screw out of the Cowboys. Otherwise, he would have done a Tom Brady-like deal already.

  14. To paraphrase numerous historical figures, football is the imposition of your will on your opponent. That imposition of will, in football, depends on the proficiency of the offensive and defensive lines. If your offensive line cannot open holes for the backs in critical situations, along with protecting the qb in passing situations, and if your defensive line cannot stop the run or put pressure on the opposing qb, your team cannot impose its will on the opponents. Does anyone, except the Dallas fan base, believe that the Cowboys’ 2020 offensive line is a group that can impose its will? Does anyone, except the Dallas fan base, believe that the Cowboys’ 2020 defensive line is a group that can impose its will? Why, then, does the Dallas fan base heap tons of abuse on Dak Prescott while overlooking the glaring deficiencies in the offensive and defensive lines? Why didn’t the Jones boys spend some serious coin on the offensive lines and defensive lines during the four years of Dak’s rookie contract when Dak made a total of 3.65 million for the four years? If the Jones boys had spent the $25-$35 million a year they saved on Dak’s rookie contract in each of the four years of Dak’s rookie contract, the Cowboys would not be the abject collection of walking wounded and cast-offs now on the team.

  15. Jerra Jones and the NFL would greatly benefit by allowing Dak to pursue an open market contract. You have been offered a very considerate contract. If you feel you deserve more, please go out and get it. He is not worth the money he feels he deserves.

    Just ask Kam Chancellor, Melvin Gordon, Earl Thomas, LeVeon Bell, and soon Jadeveon Clowney.

    Dak Prescott is on the verge of single handily torpedoing the Cowboys season and forcing Mike McCarthy to miss Aaron Rodgers.

  16. Maybe troy can go on the joneses radio show and help continue this negotiation thats been going on in the media for OVER a year now.

  17. “Since Dak has been in the league, only Tom Brady has won more NFL football games than Dak.”

    Except TB12 usually wins the important ones. Dak doesn’t. 8 and 8 last year with some wins over doormat teams: Giants twice & Miami. And losing to the Jets and to the Eagles when it counted. What is Aikman seeing we aren’t? A. Rogers and R. Wilson carry their respective teams; Dak never has…

  18. D1442zzy says:
    May 25, 2020 at 8:46 pm
    stexan says:
    May 25, 2020 at 7:41 pm
    This Cowboy’s team is reminding me of the Red Sox of the late 60s/early 70s. Lots of talent but not much to show for it. The word was that the Ton Yawkey – the owner – wanted to be pals with the players and didn’t hold people accountable for their mistakes. That does sound familiar.
    ————————————-

    Except this has been going on with Jerry Jones for the past 25 years which amounts to
    a lot longer time period. He has been the common element during this period as GM.
    ===============================================

    The GM gets the talent. He doesn’t coach the team to success, he gives the coach the players to be successful.

  19. Troy Barkman has issues with reality – listening to him comment on games compared to Romo you’d be hard pressed to know Barkman won any games. I believe Troy is not lucid most days.

    Apparently the Cowboys are content with a plan be that does not include the extortionist Dakota. Each passing day from now on means that there will be a new starting QB in Dallas and Dakota will be whining that he was deprived of millions not getting his way.

  20. Michael E says:
    May 26, 2020 at 7:08 am
    D1442zzy says:
    May 25, 2020 at 8:46 pm
    stexan says:
    May 25, 2020 at 7:41 pm
    This Cowboy’s team is reminding me of the Red Sox of the late 60s/early 70s. Lots of talent but not much to show for it. The word was that the Ton Yawkey – the owner – wanted to be pals with the players and didn’t hold people accountable for their mistakes. That does sound familiar.
    ————————————-

    Except this has been going on with Jerry Jones for the past 25 years which amounts to
    a lot longer time period. He has been the common element during this period as GM.
    ===============================================

    The GM gets the talent. He doesn’t coach the team to success, he gives the coach the players to be successful.
    —————————-

    The GM also picks the Head Coach and in Jerry’s case has also picked out the assistant
    coaches in the past. Whether you want to believe it or not Jerry is responsible for the
    Cowboys not being relevant over the past 25 years in regards to the Super Bowl. The Buck
    stops with the so called guy in charge and if you ask Jerry Jones he would say that’s him.
    So try again on the LAME excuses.

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