Stephen Jones: We’re fired up about our future with Dak Prescott

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The Cowboys are 2-7, putting them in the top five in the 2021 draft order for the moment. They do not have either of their top-two quarterbacks signed for next season, with Dak Prescott and Andy Dalton scheduled for free agency.

So would the Cowboys consider Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields if they had the opportunity?

“Dak’s our quarterback. We’re so fired up about him and him leading us into the future,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Monday, via Jon Machota of TheAthletic.com.

Absent a long-term deal by the moment the franchise-tag window closes, the Cowboys will have to decide whether to tag Prescott again for 2021 at a cost of $37.68 million or let him hit free agency. As Mike Florio pointed out on #PFTPM today, the entire four-year contract for a rookie quarterback would cost them less.

It’s no longer a question of whether Prescott is worth the money. He is. The question is: Can the Cowboys afford Prescott with the 2021 salary cap shrinking?

Prescott was leading the league in passing when he was injured in Week 5 against the Giants. He still has more passing yards than Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield and almost as many passing yards as Carson Wentz, Kirk Cousins, Daniel Jones and Ben Roethlisberger.

But Prescott won’t return until 2021, and unsigned beyond this season, it is a question of where he will call home next season. He is making progress in his comeback.

Prescott has avoided infection in his recovery from surgery for his compound fracture dislocation of his right ankle, Jones said.

“This is a four-month injury, barring setbacks and so far if anything, everything that we’re getting from [associate trainer and director of rehabilitation] Britt [Brown] and the doctors is that he’s ahead of schedule,” Jones said. “So yes, he’s been able to avoid any setbacks, and if anything, he’s ahead of schedule, which shouldn’t be surprising the way he goes after any challenge. It’s full speed ahead with Dak, and he’s done a great job at this point.”

35 responses to “Stephen Jones: We’re fired up about our future with Dak Prescott

  1. “It’s no longer a question of whether Prescott is worth the money”. You are correct even if your answer is wrong, there is no question that he IS NOT worth the second franchise tender even in a normal year. I predict that Prescott has either played his last down for the Cowboys or signs a long-term contract that is more team friendly than contracts that he has previously turned down.

  2. Dak’s fired up for hopefully playing for a team that is not a constant dumpster fire. Dallas ownership needs to fire their GM. 🙂

  3. At the time of Dak’s injury, there was one QB with more wins than him since he came into the league. Tom Brady. I think he was tied with Russell Wilson. Oh but the Cowboys had a great team around him. It was all about the running back. Well, where are all those people now? Dak’s gone, but everyone else is still there. In fact they added some really good players. But it’s a QB league and the Cowboys can’t buy a win without their great QB. It’s not a secret around the league, so somebody is going to break the bank for Dak when he comes back.

  4. “It’s no longer a question of whether Prescott is worth the money. He is”

    Assuming there’s no long term effects from the injury. Maybe there won’t be, but seems quite optimistic to already be assuming as much

  5. No other QB in NFL did what Dak did in the first four games. Not Brady. Not Marino. Not Montana. And that was without 3 starters on the offensive line, and starting tight end. Unbelievably impressive.

  6. The last team the Cowboys beat that had a .500 record was Seattle in the 2018 playoffs (1/9/19). That game, they took the ball out of Prescott’s hands and ran the ball 35 times to victory.

    Prior to that, the Cowboys beat the Saints on 11/29/18. Again, they ran the ball 31 times vs passing 28 times.

    You are back in 2017 before you get another team above .500 they played and beat.

    Analysis: You don’t pay top dollar for this kind of QB.

  7. wttoolman says:
    November 9, 2020 at 7:14 pm
    No other QB in NFL did what Dak did in the first four games. Not Brady. Not Marino. Not Montana. And that was without 3 starters on the offensive line, and starting tight end. Unbelievably impressive.

    Lol….your right the other guys won! Not sure if healthy hes even a top 10qb. Your going to have a high draft pick, use it!

  8. The only way to keep Dak next season is with a long term deal back loaded because of Zek,DLaw & Cooper’s contracts. I’m not sure of his trade value might be better as I comp pick.
    If you can get a top 2 QB in the draft do that and beef up the defense/offensive line.

  9. Gotta love the constant Cowboys attention. Generational bandwagon team even though the franchise has been very bad for a quarter century.

    Twenty-five years from now this is how the media will treat the Patriots. By then it will be 50 years since the Cowboys have been a good team and help us all of the Cowboys are still getting this much attention.

  10. The only way Dak is on the cowboys is if he takes less on a longer term deal. He can take the franchise tag (I’m not sure cowboys) want that or he can walk.

    Bigger problem for cowboys is that the OL is decimated – Tyron Smith is declining, two other positions are not good. Plus Zeke is going to start declining. Let’s not even get into the people who are stealing on D side.

    Meanwhile they have some excellent WR – they should try to get something for one of them.

  11. wttoolman says:
    November 9, 2020 at 7:14 pm
    No other QB in NFL did what Dak did in the first four games. Not Brady. Not Marino. Not Montana. And that was without 3 starters on the offensive line, and starting tight end. Unbelievably impressive.
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    They were 1-3 and their offense led the league in turnovers. Cant blame it all on the defense when their offense was constantly giving away the ball.

  12. Dak doesn’t do anything in games until the team is far behind. Then the defenses play softer and Dak generates some good stats. No wins, but good stats.

    To me the signature Dak game was the final game last season in Philly. It was a win-and-in game for the playoffs. The Eagles were banged up, short handed, and ripe for the taking. Dak totally failed. He just can’t beat a good team, bu the feasts on the weak ones.

  13. It’s not like they were winning games when he was playing this year. He does enough to generate stats, but he’s not clutch and in order to get the big payday, you have to be clutch

  14. I’m a anti-Cowboys fan. But not matter how much I doubted Dak… he is a franchise QB. The NFL is more interesting when teams have one.

  15. I most definitely think Jerry Jones and Co will turn their backs on Dak Prescott if they have a chance at drafting an uber talennted uber cheap young QB over paying Dak Prescott $35M+ per year. That’s just good business ilmao, and then you turn around and ship Dak Prescott to the highest bidder. I don’t put that past Jerry for a minute. Jones probably will look at a guy like Justin Fields as the Cowboys version of Kyler Murray.

  16. So like, since Dak got hurt, how are the Cowboys doing? I bet they practicing for the SB. OH Lawdy. Time for me to put another squirrel on the grill.

  17. Um, anytime you have a compound fracture, when bone pierces skin, especially on an ankle, you’re done.

    You’re ability to plant and throw, scramble, avoid sacks is compromised. I don’t think Prescott will play another down for the Cowboys.

    Gilbert played incredibly well on Sunday, even though he lost but not without trying. I think he’s the quarterback of the future. Prescott got his tagged millions. But I do not think he’ll be able to return next year.

  18. As a Buckeye fan, I can tell you that Fields is nothing like Murray on his feet.

    Dak has no one in NFL history to compare to. He’s not like Jim Plunkett, Vick, Marino, Jake Plummer, or Dilfer. He has had great Olines and RBs and still cannot pull out close games. He has great WRs and throws for loads of yards. My only answer is coaching.

    He needs a change of scenery and the Boys need to be compensated appropriately. A straight up trade for Garropolo may be the best thing for both teams.

  19. I think the Cowboys should let Dak walk and draft whichever quarterback falls to them. It’s less risky to go that route on the cheap than it is to pay Dak what he wants when you don’t really know if he can get his game back.

    I don’t get paid to be an armchair GM, but the Cowboys need to shore up that defense if they want to get better. The savings left from Dak not being there would allow them to address that.

  20. Prescott is probably worth top 10 money (at least pre injury) but not top of the league like he was seeking. And even prior to injury this year, he wasn’t exactly winning games.

  21. billzbubb says:
    November 9, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    Dak doesn’t do anything in games until the team is far behind. Then the defenses play softer and Dak generates some good stats. No wins, but good stats.

    To me the signature Dak game was the final game last season in Philly. It was a win-and-in game for the playoffs. The Eagles were banged up, short handed, and ripe for the taking. Dak totally failed. He just can’t beat a good team, bu the feasts on the weak ones.
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    What you said about Dak could be said about Romo, but many times over. How many week 17 “win and in” games did he lose again??!!!

    Romo was an epic choker who had a penchant for statistics and playing his worst in elimination games – yet Cowboy fans LOVE them some Romo and hate on Dak. Hmm, wonder what the big difference is, huh?!

    Next time Dak goes on a frigging vacation before a playoff game and then lays a rotten egg we can talk. Romo was the very definition of anti-clutch and Dak has already won as many playoff games as Romo did.

  22. nnagi says:
    November 9, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    It’s not like they were winning games when he was playing this year. He does enough to generate stats, but he’s not clutch and in order to get the big payday, you have to be clutch
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    Tony Romo begs to differ …

  23. Dak is never going to get the money back that he left on the table. Nobody is giving a huge, long-term deal to somebody fresh back from a terrible injury. His best bet is going to a short-term deal to prove he’s recovered and then hope for a larger longer-term deal after that. But it’s going to be tough because nobody outside of Dallas has anything invested in him so every other team is going to be looking to get him on the cheap as a stop gap to some hot young rookie they hope to draft.

  24. deadinbed says:
    November 10, 2020 at 1:37 am
    So like, since Dak got hurt, how are the Cowboys doing? I bet they practicing for the SB. OH Lawdy. Time for me to put another squirrel on the grill.
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    So like, they were 1-3 and about to go 1-4 with Dak. The only team they beat was the Falcons that started 0-5 and fired their coach.

  25. “It’s no longer a question of whether Prescott is worth the money. He is.” According to whom, exactly? I think most teams in league would argue a QB can’t get $37+ mil when cap is $175? Especially all the high priced vets that get let go, play for millions less to feed one guy.

  26. He is the 11th rated starter in QB rating. Does that warrant a salary right at the top? Weren’t really winning with him, certainly not winning without him. But they have so many injuries that it is unfair to rate anyone on the Cowboy O this year.

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