Dak Prescott, Cowboys still tussling over length of contract

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The Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott have until July 15 to work out a multi-year deal. Prescott, as a source recently confirmed it to PFT, wants a four-year deal. The Cowboys want five.

From Prescott’s perspective, a four-year deal easily becomes a five- or six-year deal, thanks to the franchise tag. Also, if the Cowboys wanted a five-year deal, they should have done one after Prescott finished the third year of his rookie contract.

Conversely, a five-year deal becomes a six- or seven-year deal, with the franchise tag applied to it on the back end.

By forcing Dak to play out the last year of the deal at $2 million, the leverage now swings to the player, who’ll make $31.4 million in 2020 under the franchise tag if a new deal isn’t done by July 15. And it seems that he’s dug in tightly on wanting a four-year deal, with duration of the contract being a dealbreaker.

The Cowboys are and will continue to be stunned by Dak’s stance. As a fourth-round pick who never received a significant payday, he spurned their best offer in 2019, bet on himself, and will now make huge money this year, whether under the franchise tag or whatever long-term offer the Cowboys make to get him to trade in the money he’d make if he take the Kirk Cousins year-to-year approach. The Cowboys didn’t expect it to get to this point; the question now becomes whether it will get to the point that they pay him $31.4 million for 2020 and stare down the possibility of paying him $37.68 million for 2021.

47 responses to “Dak Prescott, Cowboys still tussling over length of contract

  1. Send him packing, no one will give him that type of money. Go with Dalton or sign Newton for a lot less.

  2. “ By forcing Dak to play out the last year of the deal at $2 million”

    No one forced him! He turned down their offer and, much like LeVeon Bell, would probably had earned more through his career had he taken the slightly lower deal.

  3. As a fan not entirely sold on Dak, I’m good with a 4 year deal, or less if Dak were so inclined. Franchising him again next year should remain an option if he doesn’t win something significant this year. I’d also go into next year’s draft planning to dedicate a high pick to his potential replacement. Dak is overplaying his ring-less hand on this one.

  4. He’s a good player yes…… but as a Cowboys fan I have noticed that without Elliot he is subpar….he cannot carry a team alone. We’ve seen that so his asking price is too high.

  5. He knows that the league will sign new TV deals in 2022, so the salary cap will probably rise considerably. Plus Watson and Mahomes will set the QB market even higher over the next year or two. So he knows he could potentially make $10-15+ mil more during that 5th year if he waits to resign after 4 years.

  6. “Reports” (multiple) suggest he turned down $30+ per year LAST season. So I don’t think he hit it big. He missed it big. Let covid 19 play havoc with salary cap and see how it plays out. Can stop talking about $37 next year as no team’s cap can take that much.

  7. Now this is how you negotiate as a player! Remember all the fans who get on players who sign a long term deal and want to renegotiate it? Well Dak is making sure he gets the contrack HE can accept and uf he doesn’t is perfectly willing to go with option B. The only option the CBA allows. Sign the franchise tag. The player wants a 4 year deal. The team wants a 5 year deal. It’s not even about the contract numbers.

    Dak wants to control his own destiny. And his stance is exactly right. Even if he signs a 4 year deal the team can simply make it 5 by franchise tagging him after year 4 so what’s the problem here?

    Now are you fans who tell players that they shouldn’t sign a contract if they don’t want to “honor” it or don’t like the terms going to applaud Dak for following your advice? I doubt it.

  8. being that hes the QB, he will never get to the point where they will franchise him again (if he lives up to the contract) by year 3 or 4 of a 5 year deal, they’ll look to renegotiate, if hes Kirk Cousins, they’ll franchise him twice then hell be on his way, this has taken way too long

  9. I’m sure the joneses will take to their radio show to continue negotiations in public in the media to keep the circus act going while getting maximum attention…..

  10. I’d still let him walk. It is the right business decision. The Cowboys aren’t “a Dak Prescott away” from competing for the title, and I believe Dalton – on what is essentially a prove it or lose it deal – would bring the same or more stoutness to that offense. Stats do not make a good QB. They make celebrities. I’d rather win.

  11. Dak has a massive case of”Delusions of grandeur”….. this is good because it will cripple the Cowboys cap space for years, ESPECIALLY when it goes south after this season gets canceled!!!

  12. This is getting absolutely pathetic, they will find a cure for Covid-19 before Dak signs his damn contract.

  13. Dak didn’t have as good a year in 2019, so there was less urgency in extending him.
    But he did have a very good year in 2020 and that gives him leverage.
    The question is how good is he really? How much does he benefit from having Cooper and Zeke and a good o-line?

  14. objectivefbfan says:
    June 22, 2020 at 8:07 am
    I’d still let him walk. It is the right business decision. The Cowboys aren’t “a Dak Prescott away” from competing for the title, and I believe Dalton – on what is essentially a prove it or lose it deal – would bring the same or more stoutness to that offense. Stats do not make a good QB. They make celebrities. I’d rather win.
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    I love the fact that because a player doesn’t do what the crowd likes all of a sudden Andy freaking Dalton is becoming the second coming of Joe Montana. Andy Dalton played on some stacked Cincy teams in the past already ok? What did he do with those teams exactly? And this is by no means to downplay Dalton because he is a quality NFL starting level QB but give me a break callung him the same or an upgrade over Prescott. If both hit the open market this year virtually no team would take Dalton over Prescott.

  15. I hope someone in the Cowboys organization gets a reality check and tells Dak to hit the road. Andy Dalton isn’t a downgrade and you could pay him 5 years on his current deal for the money Prescott wants

  16. I can’t generate any sympathy for either side, given that millions of us are out of work and considering everything else that is going on. When did $30 million dollars (per year!) stop being a lot of money? I don’t know, I just don’t see this anymore. Get off my lawn.

  17. “By forcing Dak to play out the last year of the deal at $2 million” — forcing? There were contract negotiations prior to last season. Dak declined to sign a deal. As he has done once again by signing the tag. He’s had a choices in the matter. And if he felt he was so underpaid and unappreciated, he could have retired and tried to get a job paying $2M/year as a teacher or firefighter or some other job he is barely qualified for.

  18. Dak was really smart to sign the franchise tag now. In a normal year, sure maybe sit out a while and eventually show up. But with all that’s going on he just guaranteed himself 30 million dollars. Plus workouts and training camp may be vastly shorter and less gruesome than in a normal year. So him sitting out and waiting a new deal might not be much different than his offseason now, while signed. I think football will happen but what if it doesn’t? This guy just guaranteed himself MILLIONS. It was the smartest thing Daks done yet given all this uncertainty

  19. He is only worth a one year contract. For someone in the league as long as he has, his overall results are very mediocre. He is the Cowboy version of Kirk Cousins without the passing skills.

  20. “Getting guaranteed millions in uncertain times like these is really important” – Prince Fielder

  21. rumorhasit22 says:
    June 22, 2020 at 6:49 am
    He’s a good player yes…… but as a Cowboys fan I have noticed that without Elliot he is subpar….he cannot carry a team alone. We’ve seen that so his asking price is too high.

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    you’re right, he can’t carry the team alone, which is why they locked up Zeke, Cooper, the O-line, and drafted a stud WR. Dak isn’t Mahomes, nobody is. They’ve built a crew of offensive studs around that is good enough to win multiple championships.

  22. “he spurned their best offer in 2019, bet on himself, and will now make huge money this year”
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    Either way, the Cowboys still come out ahead.

    Prescott made only $2m last year and that difference between what they offered last year can’t be made up again in future contracts. Especially if he doesn’t sign a long-term deal now and the salary cap falls because of the pandemic.

  23. Maybe we should be asking if another team would trade two first round picks for Dak and his NEW mega$$$ contract after he signs it.

    If a team wouldn’t trade into it, perhaps the Cowboys best bet is to see what Dak can win for them in 2020, and look to move up to draft a qb in 2021.

    Franchise QBs are overrated. Rodgers and Brees have been worth one SB win. Same as Foles and Flacco and Dilfer. Cam and Matt Ryan have been worth one SB loss, same as Rex Grossman and Jake Delhomme, and Marino for that matter.

    QBs like Dak are the RBs of the future — draft one every year, ride them into the ground for four years, then on to the next one.

  24. Again, Dak and his agent surely understand that the salary cap isn’t going anywhere next season and might well go down. Maybe, maybe in 2022 it will reach the 2022 level. Doubt any team these days are going to sign guys with massive escalators in contracts as might not be any growth in cap. He can’t recoup the $28+ mil more he’d have made last year (reality, would have probably had first year salary and signing bonus of $50 mil plus), so no use in revisiting that subject as he can never get that salary back. If his whole point is 4 vs. 5 years and the whole Cowboys’ issue is 5 vs. 4, they might reach an impasse and he’d be gone after this year. Then he can go try to sign a “big” contract into a declining cap. Good luck. At some point, becomes about saving face (perhaps for both sides), so you figure something gets done. Real issue is how many guys get chopped when he goes from $2 to $30 plus. .625 winning percentage is impressive and starting 64 straight is also very impressive. Would other teams pay $30 mil plus for 5 years? That’s the question.

  25. “He knows that the league will sign new TV deals in 2022, so the salary cap will probably rise considerably.”
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    But that’s a HUGE risk on his part. He’s roughly a top 10 QB right now. If he’s closer to top 5 in 2022 he could score big but how confident is anybody he’ll improve? I’d put my money on him being more like top 15 in a couple years and if that’s the case there’ll be no huge longterm deal. He is on his way to costing himself millions.

  26. razzlejag says: “I can’t generate any sympathy for either side, given that millions of us are out of work and considering everything else that is going on. When did $30 million dollars (per year!) stop being a lot of money? I don’t know, I just don’t see this anymore. Get off my lawn.”
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    ABSOLUTE NONSENSE.

    The $200m salary cap is a FIXED component of the CBA. Players SHOULD be trying to maximize earnings up to that $200m cap, because someone Cowboy player is getting it, if not Prescott.

    what you or I make is completely irrelevant. He’s only one of 32 players IN THE WORLD that can do that job at his level. And I don’t base my own salary on what some outside stranger thinks.

  27. No player–particularly at QB–should just roll over and accept just any contract. But man, all of the new revelations about Dak’s demands are just sounding more and more ridiculous. Why in the world would you risk losing 30+ million per year just to try to get to 35M per year? Is ego placation really that important to you?

  28. 6thsense10 says:
    June 22, 2020 at 7:39 am
    Now this is how you negotiate as a player! Remember all the fans who get on players who sign a long term deal and want to renegotiate it? Well Dak is making sure he gets the contrack HE can accept and uf he doesn’t is perfectly willing to go with option B. The only option the CBA allows. Sign the franchise tag. The player wants a 4 year deal. The team wants a 5 year deal. It’s not even about the contract numbers.

    Dak wants to control his own destiny. And his stance is exactly right. Even if he signs a 4 year deal the team can simply make it 5 by franchise tagging him after year 4 so what’s the problem here?
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    That’s how you negotiate as a player? You do realize that instead of signing a 5 year contract with perhaps $80 million guaranteed that his $31 million tender would be the total amount he receives if he suffers an career ending injury. The Cowboys could also choose not to sign him to a contract for any multiple of reasons, like being outplayed by the backup qb. The team can make it a 5 year deal, so what’s the problem? You do understand how the cap works, don’t you? A tag hits the cap for that season instead of being spread out across the length of the contract.

  29. Isn’t Dak 1-2 in the postseason? I guess that is better than Carson Wentz but seriously, why is Jerry so enamored with this guy?

  30. Dallas needs to keep this contract as short as possible. I hate to say it, but Jerry isn’t going to be around forever so if he ever wants to win another Super Bowl, he can’t be wasting the next four years tied to Dak. Prescott’s good, but his ceiling is the 1st or 2nd round of the playoffs and I just can’t see a boom or bust guy like Jones resigning himself to that.

  31. Hilarious how history repeats itself.

    1) Cowboys find a franchise QB.
    2) Jealous fans of garbage, insignificant teams rip on Cowboys franchise QB.
    3) History laughs at the inferior haters in the end.

    Happened the exact same way to Troy Aikman and Tony Romo. Dak’s in good company.

  32. divan22 says:
    June 22, 2020 at 11:38 am
    Hilarious how history repeats itself.

    1) Cowboys find a franchise QB.
    2) Jealous fans of garbage, insignificant teams rip on Cowboys franchise QB.
    3) History laughs at the inferior haters in the end.

    Happened the exact same way to Troy Aikman and Tony Romo. Dak’s in good company.

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    When was the last time the Cowboys won anything relevant?

  33. divan22 says:
    June 22, 2020 at 11:38 am
    Hilarious how history repeats itself.

    1) Cowboys find a franchise QB.
    2) Jealous fans of garbage, insignificant teams rip on Cowboys franchise QB.
    3) History laughs at the inferior haters in the end.

    Happened the exact same way to Troy Aikman and Tony Romo. Dak’s in good company.

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    Aikman reference may be valid. But let’s come back to the last 25 years. Why would fans be jealous of anything Dallas has done? And how has the Romo era laughed at anyone else? The Cowboys haven’t done anything but underachieved and/or been showered with undue attention for the last few decades.

  34. Have the Cowboys already forgotten McCarthy is a quarterback guru? He can turn anybody into a Superstar. Save your money Cowboys.

  35. I’ve been a Dak Prescott fan since I watched him play at Mississippi State. He always tries to put his team in the best position to win a game. I believe Dak has that same attitude with the Cowboys. I’m fine with Dak being the Cowboys QB.

    But, football is a team game. There is a salary cap. Every position has a ‘hi/low’ value to a team. When some position gets overpaid, you have to under value another position. This is where teams get in trouble.

    I wasn’t a fan of overpaying Zeke Elliott. The NFL has become a passing league first. You need a good OL and a passing game to compete. There is a balancing act for every team. I think when you have players wanting more than their value, you have a real problem. They’re saying I’m more interested in getting paid, than playing for a Super Bowl contender. It’s me first, team second. You’re basically creating a class distinction by over paying some players. Team moral can suffer as a result. I’m all about paying players their value to the team, not overpaying.

  36. Whether they sign Prescott or not, the Cows will miss the playoffs every other year if the past 4 years is any indication.

  37. If Dak plays this year out he will be sadly disappointed in the cap situation next year. Free agency will be a bloodbath with teams likely playing in front of empty stadiums and revenues being down. If his agent is smart he signs the long term deal now even if it’s slightly short of his demands.

  38. If you want to know the price of Jerry Jones’ pride, it’s about $30M/yr.

    That is Jerry’s price, to keep the best quarterback he’s drafted this century. That’s neither saying much nor anywhere near what another team would pay.

  39. Dak has been paid peanuts all this time and it has allowed the Cowboys to put lots of talent around him. We’ve seen where a guy like Jared Goff got his team in a similar situation. And Nick Foles (Wentz was also cheap at the time). What has Dak done? 1 playoff win in 4 years. Once he is paid, the Cowboys (and Dak) will fall off a cliff.

  40. You’d figure with the massive amount of offensive weapons they have, spending peanuts on Cam Newton would be way cheaper, he would only want a one year deal, and the results would be similar. With that money they could trade for that Jets safety and really improve that defense.

  41. Kinda funny how this turned on Jerry and Stephen – they out-smarted themselves. An above average QB (don’t be stupid and say otherwise – he’s a legit top 12 QB) is going to get his way (and a boatload of $$$$) and its all because of the hubris of the Jones boys. Hilarious considering they set the market on Tackle, then Guard, then RB that they are surprised that they may have to set the market (at least until Mahomes gets his) on QB as well.

  42. Average player, hyped because he is a Cowboy. Pay him all the money in the world, he is overrated and not winning the super bowl.

  43. Christopher Allan says:
    June 22, 2020 at 11:10 am
    6thsense10 says:
    June 22, 2020 at 7:39 am
    Now this is how you negotiate as a player! Remember all the fans who get on players who sign a long term deal and want to renegotiate it? Well Dak is making sure he gets the contrack HE can accept and uf he doesn’t is perfectly willing to go with option B. The only option the CBA allows. Sign the franchise tag. The player wants a 4 year deal. The team wants a 5 year deal. It’s not even about the contract numbers.

    Dak wants to control his own destiny. And his stance is exactly right. Even if he signs a 4 year deal the team can simply make it 5 by franchise tagging him after year 4 so what’s the problem here?
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    That’s how you negotiate as a player? You do realize that instead of signing a 5 year contract with perhaps $80 million guaranteed that his $31 million tender would be the total amount he receives if he suffers an career ending injury. The Cowboys could also choose not to sign him to a contract for any multiple of reasons, like being outplayed by the backup qb. The team can make it a 5 year deal, so what’s the problem? You do understand how the cap works, don’t you? A tag hits the cap for that season instead of being spread out across the length of the contract.
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    YES. That’s how you negotiate a contract. If you negotiate without being willing to walk away then the guy across the table always has the upper hand. Always. No one says there are zero risks to the choice but you need to let the other party know you are willing to walk if the terms are not to your liking. As far as if he suffers a career ending injury. How many young quarterbacks has that happened to? This isn’t even a high risk position like runningback. Over the years the NFL has made it a priority to protect QBs almost to a fault….In life there are major risks people take and if the risk doesn’t pan out they’re willung to live with it. And $31 million is a hell of a consolation price in any case so right now Dak is playing with house money.

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