Jerry Jones: Dak Prescott couldn’t have any more leverage in contract talks

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The Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott are free to resume talks on a long-term contract and Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Monday that the team is ready to get to work on that front.

Once they do, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones thinks the other side of the table is going to be holding a lot of the cards. Jones said on 105.3 The Fan that he doesn’t “know how you could have any more leverage” than Prescott has going into the next round of discussions.

The Cowboys were 4-7 after Prescott went down for the season with an ankle injury and it will cost the team $37.68 million to have him play out another year on the franchise tag. Jones shared some of the other reasons why he’s taking that view ahead of negotiations.

“His evolving into an NFL quarterback has been nothing short of a perfect picture,” Jones said, via Todd Archer of ESPN.com. “He has great ability, in my mind, to win games. He’s talented. He certainly has the experiences and he has all the things, which has been substantiated by what we’ve offered Dak. You wouldn’t offer Dak what we offered in the past if you’d not thought he was very special. The issue is how do you come together? And that’s no stranger to me. I’ve been doing it all my life, putting things together. We’ve got to get it together.”

Contract length was an issue in talks last year with Prescott wanting a shorter deal than the team offered. Jones said on Tuesday that longer deals would have “more flexibility” in terms of financial numbers, but it remains to be seen if Prescott is more flexible on that front this time around.

32 responses to “Jerry Jones: Dak Prescott couldn’t have any more leverage in contract talks

  1. Good job, Jerry. Always a smart negotiation tactic to start off telling the other side that they have all the leverage.

  2. “more flexibility” …let’s hope his ankle is as flexible. Jerry, Jerry Jerry…he’ll never change SMH..

  3. The Cowboys were 2-3 when Prescott got injured. He was putting up great stats because the team fell so far behind when he started that they had to play catch up against soft defenses. Now he’s coming off a serious ankle injury. If Jones signs him to a top QB contract, the Cowboys won’t make the Super Bowl for the duration of that contract. They need too much help in other areas and cannot fill those without cap space. Dak’s a good QB, but not an elite one. Paying him as an elite QB will prove a disaster, if Super Bowls are the objective.

  4. Ah yes, the famous “knock back 6 fingers of Johnny walker blue label, no ice; and go on my weekly radio broadcast to rant about contract talks” technique that master negotiator Gerald Jones, MD has accustomed us to for the past 30 years.

  5. Uh we were 2-3 when Dak was there so…how much leverage does he have again Jerry?!?! Come on Man!!

  6. Oh Lord, don’t do it Jerry. Nothing against Dak as a person, but they have to designate the non-exclusive franchise tag on him to find out his true market value, they can always match another team’s offer (if any), and if he leaves Dallas would get some great draft picks. To throw $37-$40 million per year at a QB that hasn’t beat winning teams, went 8-8 last year in a weak division, was – I believe – 1-3 pre-injury this season (should have been 0-4), and isn’t an “elite” QB is nuts. SB winning teams have great OL and DL lines, the Cowboys have neither. I still can’t believe they signed Elliott to a record breaking contract for a RB with 2 years left on his deal as well. Some of their decisions are questionable.

  7. Many teams need a QB. That’s the only leverage Dak has. Jones should forget Dak and move up in the draft. I would think Trask would look great in a Cowboy uniform.

  8. They were losing with him and continued losing without him. How does that give Prescott more leverage?

    Jerry, ever the master negotiator. How is that market setting Ezekiel Elliot contract working out for you? It was just 2 years ago you said you weren’t going to reset the market and yet you keep doing it.

  9. 8-8 to 6-10 proved that Dak Prescott wins you 2 extra games in a 16 game season! Mighty fine leverage indeed!

  10. Total salary cap is going down, Dak wants close to $40 million for more of the same. I’d say this is a no-brainer, draft someone in the first round and move on.

  11. Because he had leverage going 9-11 over the last two seasons?

    The team lost this year because of the OL and defense. The team wins in spite of Dak, not because of him.

  12. cjmcfootball says:
    January 5, 2021 at 11:28 am
    Good job, Jerry. Always a smart negotiation tactic to start off telling the other side that they have all the leverage.

    It actually is a smart negotiation tactic. Who knows what Jerry is really thinking but there is no benefit to him going into the negotiations with an adversarial stance.

  13. The Cowboys were 1-3 with Prescott this year. Dalton relieved Prescott to get the win, a come from behind 4th quarter win.

    Dak needs the Cowboys, the Cowboys don’t need Dak.

  14. The Cowboys were 4-7 after Prescott went down for the season with an ankle injury and it will cost the team $37.68 million to have him play out another year on the franchise tag.
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    No they won’t because the reduced cap isn’t being figured into the equation! There’s no way the QB average stays the same when the cap is going to be $40mil under what it was estimated to be for 2021. And a few teams are going to have to rework their QB contracts and some other high dollar contracts because there’s no way a team can put a contending team on the field with a QB that’s getting $35mil/yr or more when the cap will be $176mil, that’s

  15. They make these types of mistakes all the time, either they overpay players, or let good players out the door over nickels and dimes. They could have had Dak locked away last off-season, now they will have to pay him much more than he would have taken last year for a longer term. Whoever runs their cap and negotiations should be fired.

  16. nearly 20% of the cap going to one player.

    Don’t know why it posted my comment when I was still typing. LOL

  17. Dak is simply not worth what he’s asking. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a QB overestimate his value like Dak has. I’d love to see him hit the market and be some other team’s salary cap anchor. But Jerry’s letting the world know that will never happen. And does it really matter? Cowboys are fundamentally an 8-8 franchise. Nothing’s going to change that. Zeke will be an anchor on the salary cap for several more years. Why not add Dak? Jerry will give McCarthy another two years before he’ll be willing to admit he picked the wrong coach anyway.

  18. 1westcoastfootballfan says:
    January 5, 2021 at 12:02 pm
    Nobody wants to be 8-8 more than Jerry Jones.
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    That’s a playoff trip in that garbage pile of a division.

  19. Way to go Jerry! You are always negotiating with yourself! Dak, your agent is overplaying your hand!

  20. Hey Jerry! Johnny Manziel is available! Paxton Lynch can be signed! Brock Osweiler can be signed!

  21. He’s right. Dak has all the leverage, no need to shy away from what is factually correct. True Cowboys were below .500 with Dak but it was not due to his play or the offense that he was running. Dak was leading, again leading the league most significant Qb metrics. Pay the man his money.

  22. Steve Cunningham says:
    January 5, 2021 at 12:39 pm
    The Cowboys were 4-7 after Prescott went down for the season with an ankle injury and it will cost the team $37.68 million to have him play out another year on the franchise tag.
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    No they won’t because the reduced cap isn’t being figured into the equation! There’s no way the QB average stays the same when the cap is going to be $40mil under what it was estimated to be for 2021. And a few teams are going to have to rework their QB contracts and some other high dollar contracts because there’s no way a team can put a contending team on the field with a QB that’s getting $35mil/yr or more when the cap will be $176mil, that’s

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    Your understanding, I believe, is incorrect. Dak is owed 20%(?) increase of his last franchise tag not the average of the top 5 QBs this year. $37.68 is correct and will not change no matter who’s paid more/less this year. It’s based on the last franchise tag.

    I hope Dak sticks it to Jerry. Jerry is going to lose on this regardless.

  23. And you don’t think that’ll be altered just as next season cap was be? They can change these thing at any time as long as the NFL and NFLPA agrees and if the NFLPA doesn’t agree they’ll be a lot of these top paid players sitting outside looking in next season! The NFL had no idea covid was going to strike when a lot of those contracts were given out and they’ll be allowed to be reworked to fit into the new salary cap for next season.

  24. If NFL and NFLPA agree anything can be changed. Cap was not “altered”. Cap changes every year based on business. But they’d have to change the franchise tag rules that were negotiated last time CBA was done. Unless you have some inside information about this happening nothing is changing.

    Regardless, under the current rule, Dak would get 20% (I could be wrong about the actual number) of his last tag not the average of top 5 this year. That would be ~$37M. We are not talking hypotheticals.

  25. Jerry needs to hire a football smart GM & let him decide on Dak before he handcuffs the Cowboys for years.

  26. The Cowboys would be wise to consider using the non-exclusive tag on Dak and hopefully get decent draft picks for the next draft. There are many NFL teams interested in Dak. Dak’s accuracy is an issue, has a problem with the long ball, even the short ball is a problem at times, he gets rattled easily, has questionable ability to read/understand defenses, and is an option QB. And worst of all Dak is inconsistent in all of the above. Time to move on with Andy Dalton and not spend a fortune to resign Dak. 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. The Jones’s idiocy is getting old. And if you are not exploring trading Dak, you are foolish!

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