Jerry Jones: Dak Prescott “should be ready to go” for “latter part” of offseason work

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With Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott‘s compound ankle fracture repaired, the recovery and rehab period begins. Team owner Jerry Jones is confident that it will end in time for Dak to get in some work during the offseason program — if of course there is one.

Dak “should be ready to go for our spring work, the latter part of the spring work,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. “Knowing Dak and his makeup, he’ll be back out there soon.”

Jones said doctors told him that an April/early May return “should be no problem” for Prescott.

The problem will come from the contractual arrangements pursuant to which Dak returns. Absent a long-term deal by the moment the franchise-tag window closes, the Cowboys will have to choose between the $37.68 million franchise tag for 2021 or letting Dak hit the open market.

“[T]o have a team, we have to be mindful how we dole out our resources,” Jones said Tuesday, via Jonah Javad of WFAA. “It’s part of the game. It’s the business and contract part.”

It’s a huge part in this case, given the possibility that the salary cap will be as low as $175 million in 2021. If Dak ultimately refuses to accept a long-term deal and tells the Cowboys to tag him or let him hit the market, the Cowboys will have to decide whether to invest up to 21.5 percent of the 2021 before knowing with certainty that Prescott is or will be 100 percent.

Given the way Dak has handled his business interests in the past, there’s no reason to believe he’ll suddenly decide to forfeit his leverage and accept a team-friendly deal. Given the circumstances, and despite his recent injury, he continues to hold all the cards.

35 responses to “Jerry Jones: Dak Prescott “should be ready to go” for “latter part” of offseason work

  1. Glad Jerry is getting use out of that medical license he picked up. Did he also mention when the COVID vaccine would be releasing?

  2. There seems to be a lot of people who think that the cowboys need to give Dak the deal he wanted now. A lot of people who blame Jerry Jones for financial insecurity that Prescott will possibly be facing.
    I don’t like Jerry jones. I think Jerry Jones is the single reason the cowboys do not have more titles. However, both the cowboys and Prescott took a calculated risk. Prescott could have had a long-term deal with a whole lot of guaranteed money. He wanted more. He may have deserved more than they offered. He took a risk. That risk did not pay off. The cowboys owe him nothing. If the cowboys would have signed the deal Dak wanted, would Prescott owe the cowboys any money for being injured? Nope.
    It’s a business. Each side rolled the dice. Prescott lost.

  3. I completely disagree that Dak “continues to hold all the cards”
    If that was truly the case, he would already have signed a long term contract; and for the terms he wanted.

    No, any “cards” he might have had are now gone after his season ending injury. He bet on himself and lost…simple as that.

    He will NEVER get anywhere close to what he wanted now. What, on a newly repaired/untested ankle? No way. The best aspect of his game, which was his running ability; will now never be the same.

  4. Dr. Jerry back in practice. Glad to hear his predictions just two days removed from a devastating injury to a mobile QB’s ankle.

  5. Dak Prescott “holds all the cards” on the National Sportswriter planet where Aaron Sorkin writes the scripts. Dak is going into an off-season with no contract and coming off an injury to a pretty major part of his body, the part of his body that basically got Cam Newton (you know, former NFL MVP) run out of Carolina.

  6. Respectfully, Dak’s leverage broke with his ankle.

    For the other players under Dak’s agent, none of them signed long term deals. The agent lead Dak astray, and has cost him a great deal of money. Everyone in Dallas knows of their failed strategy to wait until 2 hours before the deadline to call and ask if they can finalize a deal.

    Everything screams bad agent here. The contract should write itself considering all the contracts that have fallen in place around Dak: Desean Watson, Carson Wentz, Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, Jared Goff, and probably others. It generates clicks to blame this all on Dallas. But if anyone is to blame, it’s in this order:

    1. Dak’s agent, 2. Dak, and 3. Cowboys.

  7. How does he hold all the cards? If Cowboys will not give him a large deal based on health reasons I think other teams may be hesitant as well. The cowboys have the franchise tag again so really they have THE card…the only card that can dictate where he plays next year.

  8. “Glad Jerry is getting use out of that medical license he picked up. Did he also mention when the COVID vaccine would be releasing?”

    Read the article again. Jerry isn’t giving his diagnosis, but what the doctors have told him.

  9. Jerruh probably feels sorry for Dak now and will give him a multi-year contract for $50/year.

  10. Dak spent less time in the hospital for his injury than people do for getting COVID. He was sent home the very next day after surgery. This suggests that it was a minor procedure. My online medical degree tells me that he should return sometime this season.

  11. itsmeagainbanmeagaintheuncensoredvoice says:
    October 13, 2020 at 10:50 am
    I completely disagree that Dak “continues to hold all the cards”
    If that was truly the case, he would already have signed a long term contract; and for the terms he wanted.

    No, any “cards” he might have had are now gone after his season ending injury. He bet on himself and lost…simple as that.

    He will NEVER get anywhere close to what he wanted now. What, on a newly repaired/untested ankle? No way. The best aspect of his game, which was his running ability; will now never be the same.
    ________________________________________

    Dude’s leading the league in passing, after missing part of a game, by a wide margin. And “running” is the best aspect of his game? C’mon.

  12. People were acting like Dak is on welfare and can barely afford to eat. Yes, he messed up big time by not signing that 175 million dollar contract. But it’s not like he is hurting for cash.

  13. mogogo1 says:
    October 13, 2020 at 10:34 am
    Glad Jerry is getting use out of that medical license he picked up. Did he also mention when the COVID vaccine would be releasing?

    Did you bother to read the article. It says that DOCTORS told him that Dak’s timeline would be an April-May return.

  14. Really think that Jerry deserves the lifetime GM achievement award. This guy really knows how to manage a team.

    Said no one.

  15. I know that broken bones can heal harder and something stronger then before, but not ankle bones because they are used more. Would not be shocked to see him do this again, hope not, but those bones are moving parts asked to do a lot on uneven surfaces.

  16. “If Dalton wins a playoff game, Dak is toast”

    Don’t forget that Dalton is on a one year contract his self. He might be in big demand in the offseason as well and you still might have to cough up the dough.

  17. Dak “should be ready to go for our spring work, the latter part of the spring work,” Jones said
    ———————————————————————————————
    Does he know that he’s talking about a time period when Dak will no longer be under contract with the Cowboys?

  18. He rolled greed, and came out hurt. Stuff happens. But it is funny how people are almost saying Jerry broke Dak’s ankle.

  19. Something tells me you missed the part where his foot was pointing in the wrong direction and the only thing keeping everyone from seeing his bare tibia was his sock.

    mackcarrington says:
    Dak spent less time in the hospital for his injury than people do for getting COVID. He was sent home the very next day after surgery. This suggests that it was a minor procedure. My online medical degree tells me that he should return sometime this season.

  20. I don’t think any team besides the Cowboys would have paid him anywhere near the $33 mil/yr offer the Cowboys offered him *two* offseasons in a row. They were bidding against themselves.

    Who would pay him that a year from now, coming back from a severe injury like this, after most of a year off?

    Prescott is talented and I hope he finds his way back, but I think he made the wrong bet, big time.

  21. “The best aspect of his game, which was his running ability; will now never be the same.”

    leads the league in passing? Way more of a pocket passer than a runner. Some people just clearly don’t watch the games. Dak is a top 6 QB and will get paid like one.

  22. “Jerruh probably feels sorry for Dak now and will give him a multi-year contract for $50/year.“

    You’d have to really, REALLY love football to play for $50 a year

    “Dude’s leading the league in passing, after missing part of a game, by a wide margin. And ‘running’ the best aspect of his game? C’mon.“

    To be fair, he probably meant Dak’s athletic ability to maneuver outside of the pocket and extend plays

  23. Hope Prescott recovers after tagging deadline and sticks it to the cowboys. Go to New Orleans to replace Brees. That way Payton can stick it to Jones one more time. At least Day will get Payton who’s actually one of the best instead of the guy who was fired from GB.

  24. kemp13 says:
    October 13, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    If Dalton wins a playoff game, Dak is toast.
    ________________________________________________

    If Dalton WINS a playoff game it would be his first – EVER.

    Dak has already won a playoff game. Dalton has laid eggs in every playoff game. One time tripping and fumbling the ball away without being touched after running for a first down. He’s a duck.

    He sucks and has always sucked – but he definitely appeals to a certain type of folks. You know the kind that think Drump is honest and cares about America

  25. itsmeagainbanmeagaintheuncensoredvoice says:
    October 13, 2020 at 10:50 am
    I completely disagree that Dak “continues to hold all the cards”
    If that was truly the case, he would already have signed a long term contract; and for the terms he wanted.

    No, any “cards” he might have had are now gone after his season ending injury. He bet on himself and lost…simple as that.

    He will NEVER get anywhere close to what he wanted now. What, on a newly repaired/untested ankle? No way. The best aspect of his game, which was his running ability; will now never be the same.

    ——————————————————————————————

    Some people are delusional. Yes, Dak may not hold on the cards anymore; and he did bet on himself (and he was winning that bet on himself), but unfortunately he suffered a very unlucky injury.

    But to call the best aspect of his game his running ability is just lazy and false. He is a pass first pocket passer with good mobility. One of the best QBs in the league. Praying for his healthy return!

  26. cardiovascularendurance says:
    October 13, 2020 at 2:16 pm
    Something tells me you missed the part where his foot was pointing in the wrong direction and the only thing keeping everyone from seeing his bare tibia was his sock.

    mackcarrington says:
    Dak spent less time in the hospital for his injury than people do for getting COVID. He was sent home the very next day after surgery. This suggests that it was a minor procedure. My online medical degree tells me that he should return sometime this season.

    —————

    That’s my entire sarcastic point. His foot was facing the wrong direction & he only spent one (1) day in the hospital.
    I guess you could say it’s a testament to modern medicine. So if that’s the case, why would he need to miss 8 months?

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