Stephen Jones: Dak Prescott bet on himself and bet wisely

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The Cowboys have never let a player whom they really, really, REALLY wanted to keep leave in free agency. They sometimes overpay to make it happen, but they always get their man.

They signed Dez Bryant at the 11th hour in 2014. They signed DeMarcus Lawrence in 2019. They signed Ezekiel Elliott in 2019. They signed Amari Cooper this offseason.

(Yes, they let DeMarco Murray go in 2015, failing to up their offer, but the Cowboys were willing to let him leave for the Eagles if he didn’t take a “hometown discount.”)

Dak Prescott hasn’t left, at least not yet, but he also hasn’t signed a long-term deal.

That makes his situation different, perhaps, than any other player with whom the Cowboys have negotiated. Prescott will make $31.4 million this year, and absent a long-term deal after the season, he either will become a free agent in 2021 or make $37.68 million under the franchise or transition tag.

On his radio show Friday, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones went more in depth on Prescott’s contract negotiations than he ever has.

Jones called the negotiations “difficult,” and acknowledged Prescott “bet on himself and bet wisely.” He also confirmed the Cowboys wanted a shorter-term deal than Prescott, explaining the reason: The team would rather spread out the cap hit over five years than four.

So they are where they are, creating additional cap space for next season when the cap could drop as low as $175 million and Prescott still unsigned beyond 2020.

“It’s so difficult for us even,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. “As you know, we’ve never not got a player signed that we wanted to get signed. That’s just how we go, but this one has been a bit more difficult. We’re talking about a situation where he’s going to represent so much of your salary cap. I think he understands where we’re coming from. We’re trying to get in a situation where we can keep Dak surrounded by great players. The only thing Dak is missing from Patrick Mahomes is winning that Super Bowl. That’s what we want for him. I don’t think he would ever question our will and our want to surround him with great players. We picked CeeDee Lamb with the first pick in the draft, and loading him up to the best as he can possibly be. I really don’t have any problem with the situation other than I’d admire him because he never blinks.

“I will say this: You know, in hindsight, I wouldn’t have said that to my son two years ago. I’d have said go in there and take that big guarantee and sign up. But I do think he’s made money playing it out. We’ll see what happens with the cap and how the virus affects our revenues for the upcoming couple of years. But in general, barring something like that where we really continue to struggle from a — if we struggle from a revenue standpoint of no fans and reduced revenue — then that could affect his situation. But other than that, I mean, he’s bet on himself and bet wisely. He’s answered every bell, every call. I think anyone would tell you. I think Dak would tell you. I think his agent would tell you. We’ve put some very, very generous offers on the table. It’s more a principal-type situation on length of term. I think everyone’s got their hand around that’s the problem, and obviously we want a long-term deal because we can spread the money out over more years and give us more years under the salary cap so we can keep these young team, these young players that we have in and around Dak. At the same time, he wants a shorter-term deal because he sees how successful the league has been. The sooner you come up for contract, the sooner you will come up for a bigger raise. That’s been the history of the NFL. So he’s not at fault either. Have nothing but respect for where he’s been and up to this point, I don’t think it’s hurt anybody. He’s obviously made a lot of money this year, and we all know he’s going to make a whole lot more money in the future, and certainly we want it to be right here in Dallas.”

39 responses to “Stephen Jones: Dak Prescott bet on himself and bet wisely

  1. You’d think after Bryant, Lawrence, Elliott and Cooper they’d learn their lesson but apparently not.

  2. I hate to admit it but it looks like Dak is getting the last laugh. I was so wrong about what he was doing and it turns out he was right and will make millions more because of it. My hats off to him.

  3. Certainly We want it here in Dallas he says. . . not Not IT Will be here in Dallas. Once Again it either makes sense for Both sides . . Or. Buh bye! How many Multiple of Millions does one need to actually be looking at the Next contract and not this One? So $110 guaranteed at signing wasn’t enough? By ONE year? Greed don’t over think this it is what it is Greed! Americans are getting evicted and going hungry and players are turning up their noses at MILLIONS on top of MILLIONS?! What? I Need and LOVE football please don’t push me away.

  4. The only thing Dak is missing from Patrick Mahomes is winning that Super Bowl.

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    Now this is some funny stuff if the Jones’ actually believe this. The Jones’ may be the worst negotiators in the league? Dak is not in the same universe at Mahomes in his wildest dreams. Watching the Jones’ negotiate against themselves is hilarious. No wonder they’ve pretty much been irrelevant for over 2 decades now.

  5. Process of elimination for Dak next year, if he doesn’t resign with Dallas: Indy, Chicago, or Washington. Jacksonville favorite for #1 pick and Lawrence.

  6. Serious question: if you replace Dak with Andy Dalton, how many few games do they win? My guess is none, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they won more games with Dalton. That’s not a $30 million plus QB.

  7. “The only thing missing from Dak and Patrick Mahomes is winning that Super Bowl”

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    Did that born on third base, thinks he hit a triple, moron. really say that?

    Comparing Dak average Prescott to Patrick Mahomes.. is beyond laughable. It’s disgusting.

  8. The Jones Boys have got to be two of the dumbest business people I have ever seen when it comes to football and the cap.

    It’s literally the main reason why Jerrah hasn’t delivered a SB or even sniffed one since the cap started to settle in, a few years into it.

    He went to the hilt with pricey vets at the dawn of it in 1995, and it worked, but since then he has been a complete moron.

  9. People talking about the 90’s and 27 years ago. . .. Yet what about everyone else’s titles? Chiefs? Eagles? Saints? And the entire lot of them HOW many years ? No? Just us? Most talented team in football and a new PROVEN HC! Deal with it. Live in the past because reality is what it is a NEW season and New Era.

  10. Let’s get one thing really clear; he’s not even a poor man’s Patrick Mahomes. They aren’t sure he’s worth what he’s asking. He has the right to value himself as he does and they have the right to say “uh uh.”

  11. I can’t believe they franchised him this year, ESPECIALLY after landing Dalton…. I would have let him walk, take the 3rd round pick & let him be some other teams mediocre cap killer.,,.. Cowboys doing dumb cowboy stuff…..WASH RINSE REPEAT

  12. cowboyzcali says:
    September 11, 2020 at 6:37 pm
    People talking about the 90’s and 27 years ago. . .. Yet what about everyone else’s titles? Chiefs? Eagles? Saints? And the entire lot of them HOW many years ? No? Just us? Most talented team in football and a new PROVEN HC! Deal with it. Live in the past because reality is what it is a NEW season and New Era
    ——–

    Most talented team in football? When did they pass up KC?? That weak defense couldn’t even stop Greg ward Jr and the rest of the eagles backups but now all of the sudden they’re the best in football? Lol.

  13. He’s not Joe Flacco. Flacco grew up In the nfl playoffs and then dominated it in 2012. Dak don’t know Joe.

  14. I’d say the outcome of the bet isn’t yet determined.

    If Prescott goes to the Super Bowl, he probably writes his own Watson-sized ticket.

    But anything less than that, or at the least a conference championship game? It will be yet another year without living up to potential. Another year trying to keep a window open, trying to make excuses, trying to have hope for next season. And the salary cap will be lower next year.

    If they get anywhere short of the NFC championship game, I think there’s a real risk they move on.

    That’s a high bar to clear to be safe. Add this strange COVID year, and I’m baffled that he hasn’t taken the very generous money offered to him.

  15. Dak is NOT a franchise QB. I would go so far as to saying…he’s a poor mans Kirk Cousins.
    Dak has had an elite OL, RB & WR. With avg Wr’s he was awful.
    And even with loaded talent on offense, look at his stats vs teams with losing records(even worse in the NFC East) vs teams with winning records.
    Sounds familiar, you don’t have to look any further than the man he replaced, Tony Romo. Can’t win big games much less playoff games.
    Go ahead Cowboys…pay that big money to an average QB! Lol

  16. This guy lol. Every year, cowboys fans are talking super bowl.
    I live in DFW amd can tell you…fans here are insane. Avg team who added an average new coach.
    cowboyzcali says:
    September 11, 2020 at 6:37 pm
    People talking about the 90’s and 27 years ago. . .. Yet what about everyone else’s titles? Chiefs? Eagles? Saints? And the entire lot of them HOW many years ? No? Just us? Most talented team in football and a new PROVEN HC! Deal with it. Live in the past because reality is what it is a NEW season and New Era

  17. So when Dallas goes 10-6 and flames out in the first round, can we look back at this and say that the Dallas Cowboys are always pre-season SB Champions? Hell, Quincy Carter was, at one time, the SB Champion during a pre-season or two.

    Apparently, the Jones family believes their own hype.

  18. Gotta like a guy to bets on himself. He rolled the dice….if he plays well this year, he gets paid. Playing well means they get to at least the NFC championship game. They have surrounded him with some quality talent…let’s debate his worth at the end of the season. He’s a stand up guy, can’t imagine losing a mother and brother at his age…wish him well.

  19. With a lower cap, loss of ticket revenue, etc., I cant see the Cowboys keeping him after this year. Quite simply, Dak should have been signed well before the Mahomes mega deal. The Cowboys played bluff poker and lost.

  20. Prescott has had the tools around him and won. But when the game is on his shoulders he’s lost so let him go. If you don’t have the guy then your looking for the guy

  21. For every person winning a bet it requires a sucker to lose the bet. I’ll let you figure out which one is which.

  22. They should be the first team to offer their QB a set percentage of the cap so it doesn’t matter if it rises or falls or for how many years it is. Give him like 17% for 3 years and give him 20% in year 4 and 5 IF he produces a SB or two in the first three years. If he doesn’t let him walk.

  23. only thing dak did last year was go 8-8 leave jerry unconvinced but still obligated to spend 31.4 Million on the turn hoping for a straight or flush on the river…

    lots of stats in games already decided either way last year

  24. jmpniner81 says:
    September 11, 2020 at 7:29 pm
    This guy lol. Every year, cowboys fans are talking super bowl.
    I live in DFW amd can tell you…fans here are insane. Avg team who added an average new coach.
    cowboyzcali says:
    …..,
    Not This Guy, but The Guy. Pay attention troll!

  25. Let’s wait and see how Dak plays this season. The offense has EVERYTHING a QB could want. Everything. Anyone should be able to sit behind center and put up 4,000 yards passing. Anyone would be able to beat bad teams. Let’s see him dominate good teams. Didn’t see much of that last year.

  26. To get something you have never had you have to be willing to do something you have never done. Should be interesting how this all plays out.

  27. Dak inflates his numbers against lesser teams. Then finishes 8 and 8 and can’t beat the wounded Eagles in 2019. He does not rise to the occasion like some former Cowboy QBs….
    ************************************
    “The only thing Dak is missing from Patrick Mahomes is winning that Super Bowl.:
    “Dak is not in the same universe at Mahomes in his wildest dreams.”

  28. The Cowboys finished last season 8-8 and only beat 2 teams that finished the season .500 or better. Now your QB wants to get paid for all those 4 and 5 TD games against crappy teams? Six of their games last season were against teams that drafted in the top 5.

  29. Dak will get paid huge. Even if it’s not from the Cowboys. Watson got paid big dollars, and Prescott is way better. If he ever hit the free agent market, he’d get close to Mahomes money.

  30. Tony Romo was better than Dak. Andy Dalton is on par with Dak. It’s funny how players want long term contracts, and then 2 or 3 years into their deals want to renegotiate. Do you want the security of a long term contract, or do you want to get paid what the market of that position increases to every year?

  31. “The only thing Dak is missing from Patrick Mahomes is winning that Super Bowl”.
    ________________________________________________________________________________________

    This is why owners cannot be general managers. As GM’s, they found tremendous value in the 4th round. And they keep patting themselves on the back. (BTW Dak is NO Mahomes) but the owner in them doesn’t want to pay him as a franchise QB.
    They are truly negotiating against themselves.

  32. I like all the Cowboys and Jones razzing, but I have another take. They are indirectly telling Dak that the team has enough talent. And that Dak has not taken the team on his back nor delivered a long playoff run. So far he has bet on himself, but the Cowboys have not had to pony up $160M guaranteed. Looks like the Jones are winning this situation to date. And telling Dak help us win in the playoffs and they we will reward.

  33. No team will be able to afford $37 mil plus for a QB when the cap will be $175 mil next year, so no way he’s tagged. 20+% on one player won’t allow you to field many other pieces. Only way to solve that is to sign to very long-term deal (he already didn’t want to go past 4 years, but maybe he’d take 7 or 8?). Just don’t see a team committing to a guy (other than Mahomes) that long. And Even Mahomes’ deal will be redone. So I don’t see that anyone has “played it well” as economic reality might not allow a team to offer what he was ALREADY offered (and declined). A lot of vets will get cut next year and a lot of guys will just have to play for less (cap going down about 12%) so cuts will happen to high dollar players.

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