Kirk Cousins’ contract advice to Dak Prescott: Franchise tag can be your friend

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Not many players in NFL history have been where Dak Prescott is in his current contract situation.

Drew Brees became the first quarterback in NFL history to play under the franchise tag. After that final 2005 season with the Chargers, Brees left for the Saints in free agency.

Kirk Cousins twice played under the franchise tag in Washington before leaving in free agency in 2018.

In 2020, Prescott became the third quarterback in NFL history to play under the franchise tag. He could become the second to play under a second tag, joining Cousins. If the Cowboys can’t work out a long-term deal with their quarterback by March 9, they are expected to use the $37.7 million franchise tag on him.

That would buy the Cowboys four months to get a long-term agreement with Prescott or risk his potential departure in 2022.

Cousins joined PFTPM last week, and I asked him if he had shared any advice with Prescott. Cousins stressed he hasn’t talked to Prescott lately but has shared his experience of embracing the franchise tag.

“Well, the only piece I’ve said to him in crossing his path by going back maybe a couple of offseasons was just to make the point that the franchise tag can be your friend; it can be a help to you if that’s the route you choose to go,” Cousins said. “So, he played on the franchise tag this past year. I think he’s in a great spot now. Everybody knows he can play, and he’s an elite quarterback. Really, the ball is more in the court of the Cowboys and what they want to do going forward. But I think it’s a no-brainer that Dak’s the real deal and is going to have a great career moving forward. He’s in a really good spot.”

The Cowboys continue to express optimism they will get a deal done, and Prescott continues to say he wants to stay in Dallas long term. But the fact remains that the sides have had almost two years to get a long-term deal done and have yet to find common ground.

43 responses to “Kirk Cousins’ contract advice to Dak Prescott: Franchise tag can be your friend

  1. If all Dak cares about is money, then Kirk has some good advice. Of course it’s going to lead to the Cowboys eventually either trading Dak or letting a lot of other good players walk.

  2. Dak continues to say he wants to stay in Dallas long term. And win Super Bowls.

    But his ultimate goal is to suck all the money he can out of the NFL.

  3. Why would they even consider paying this guy $37 Million Dollars for one season? Tom Brady has more Superbowl losses than Dak has playoff wins, and Brady has never made even close to that type of money

  4. Teams need to stop signing average QBs to giant deals. Goff, Wentz, Cousins, and soon to be Dak, Jones and who knows who else on the trading block with their teams trying to get out of a horrible contract

  5. Cousins gets congratulated for being smart for fleecing Washington and the Vikings. Russell Wilson gets castigated for being appropriately (fair market value) compensated and wanting to improve his team.

  6. If the choice is signing Dak, or as some other article stated, being in the hunt for Russell Wilson, I hope Jerry pays Dak. At least he has an upside. Wilson’s on the long slide down.

  7. Dak holds all the cards. If he was smart he slow plays this negotiation. A $37.7M tag combined with a smaller salary cap will force Dallas to give him the contract he wants or force him to get his freedom. I doubt Jerry wants to go back to the Quincy Carter/Chad Hutchinson days.

  8. Amazingly enough, Cousins didn’t fleece WFT. The real GM they had at the time let him walk and rightfully so. He only fleeced the MN team – multiple times.

  9. If all he cares about is money and nothing else, then Cousins is definitely the guy to be giving him advice.

  10. Nobody in the NFL is worth $37M a year. Signing Zak to a long term deal could turn into an albatross if he hasn’t completely recovered from last season’s injury.

    Jerry’s best bet may be to trade up higher in the draft to get one of this year’s young QBs.

  11. Dak is a good, solid QB! However, he beats up on the teams with QB issues and struggles against the proven elite QB’s. Brady thru the years left NE with room to pay others and bring in quality FA’s. Dak was reportedly offered 35M for 5 years with 125M guaranteed. That wasn’t good enough. Now he’s in line for more and won’t settle for that same offer this year. Don’t need one player eating up 20% of the cap, making it difficult to keep your teams other top tier players, signing new extensions for worthy players and certainly not signing good FA’s, regardless of being top tier or solid mid level players. Paying one player that kind of money will lead to mediocrity for the duration of the deal. Let alone trying to get out from under it if need be.

  12. In 40 years of following football, I don’t ever remember such a mediocre player being described in such glowing terms, and talked about in the same company as players who actually deserve those kind of paycheques.

  13. Dak is going to win a Super Bowl just like Romo was, right about never. Cut ties now before they waste the next 10 years.

  14. If you can put up more than 4000 yards passing on average and 28 TDs on average per year and completion % close to 70% for six straight years and have the 27th, 28th and 29th rank O line blocking for you the last 3 years, and if your QB rating is on average north of a 100 the past six seasons and 106 for the last two seasons, could your name be Kirk Cousins? Yes thats him. He played for years behind a O line worse than what Mahomes had to play behind Sunday, Patrick did not look good, QB rating 52 in Sunday’s SB. The NFL is a team game, you need players around you, even a great talent like Mahomes were struggling Sunday. Kirk is a good QB.

  15. Offer Dak the non-exclusive tag and see what his true market value is. If another’s offer is too pricey, the Cowboys get great comp. picks. Dak is a good QB no doubt, but I haven’t seen him have success vs. teams with winning records or carry the team on his back.

  16. When will these QBs realize the team needs the money to put together a supporting cast? The TB method has worked out well as far as making less. Is there a big difference between making 30 million or 35 million a year? You’re still a multi-millionaire. Even 25 a year… Wow

  17. icouldcareless says:
    February 10, 2021 at 8:14 pm
    Why would they even consider paying this guy $37 Million Dollars for one season? Tom Brady has more Superbowl losses than Dak has playoff wins, and Brady has never made even close to that type of money
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    Tom Brady’s wife’s money makes Mahomes jealous. Literally no other quarterback in the NFL was as underpaid as Tom Brady over the course of a career.

  18. “The franchise can be your… snap!” Double down again. We’ll see. It’s a recycled comment. The only thing projecting the future to be bright for Dak is conjecture. And I’m a fan. But that money is in conflict with the team agenda.

  19. If the conversation is about championships, Kirk Cousins isn’t the guy to talk to. If the subject is being average and making obscene money, Captain Kirk is an oracle.

  20. One playoff win in 5 seasons, best season was his first season, no more than 10 wins since then, significant injury last year.

    I would say Tannehill money should be the ceiling, and if he doesn’t take that, let him walk and draft a QB. They almost made the playoffs with Dalton.

  21. bloodonhishands says:
    February 10, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    Cousins gets congratulated for being smart for fleecing Washington and the Vikings. Russell Wilson gets castigated for being appropriately (fair market value) compensated and wanting to improve his team.

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    Funny, that’s not what I see. I see Cousins getting roundly criticized for not playing up to his paycheck and the teams who have paid him being mocked, and Wilson castigated for wanting it both ways (having a strong supporting cast and also eating up a huge portion of the salary cap).

    If Cousins was complaining about his lot on the Vikings and the quality of his protection, he’d get criticized the exact same way Wilson is.

  22. And how many SB rings does Cousins have? Financially it was his friend because of poorly run Vikings and WFT.

  23. Cousins is a very smart financial guy, but not even close to elite or great. I’ve never been able to figure out why he keeps greeting “paid”. What has he done for any of his teams? ………..NOTHING

  24. Ya, Kirk it can be your friend if you have a village idiot for an owner of the team you play for. Your an OVER paid QB who can’t win and you never will. But you did win the tag game.
    Prescott should have signed when he had the chance, but he got greedy then got hurt. Let him walk.

  25. A free agent is exactly that: free to make his talents available to anyone for the right price. But what is the right price? If you’re the reason your team has a ring within your first contract then sure thing, I’d say you’re worth it. But a playoff win and a few one and done trips doesn’t warrent $40+ million a year. How do you respect the free market but keep teams from being held hostage over one player? It’s a delicate balance.

  26. Look at how much money the Vikes blew on Cousins. I’m sure Jerry Jones would be happy to do the same.

  27. The franchise tag worked out great for Cousins specifically because he never got injured during those tagged years. If he had been injured, he would have been cut and likely would not have gotten another shot at starting in the league. It’s a risky situation but he lucked out. I don’t think anyone thought he was Top 5 in the league those years he was getting that money.

  28. Blood I don’t think that’s it. Cousins maximized his contracts yes, but he otherwise toes the party line and is a great team guy. Wilson has done that up until this year, and in the last few weeks alone he’s talked about getting hit too much and lobbied through the press for input into personnel decisions. If you’re going to take all the money as a quarterback, you also have to shut your critical mouth about the performance of your supporting cast and the decision makers that assembled them. Russell is smart enough to know that, and the Seahawks know it too. So what exactly is he up to?

  29. bengal4573 says:
    February 10, 2021 at 8:36 pm
    Teams need to stop signing average QBs to giant deals. Goff, Wentz, Cousins, and soon to be Dak, Jones and who knows who else on the trading block with their teams trying to get out of a horrible contract
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    Cousins has the 7th highest average yearly salary right now. And he will most likely drop out of top 10 before his contract expires. And he had top 5 numbers this year (it was the defense!). You can state all QB’s are overpaid if you want, but comparatively, Cousins is not overpaid.

  30. Dak should sign the Franchise Tag, then try to move to Tampa Bay the following year if Brady retires.

  31. SparkyGump says:
    February 10, 2021 at 10:25 pm
    How about we start a new yearly award? Let’s call it “Overpriced Player of the Year”.

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    According to the Sports Rush Cousins average salary as of September last year is 33 Million. Mahomes just lost lost the Super Bowl and Makes 45 Million a year at number one, is he overpriced? Rodgers makes 33.5 a year lost another NFC title game this year is he over priced? Cousins is 7th on the list.

    I also wanted to point out, not everybody is a Mahomes, Rogders, Brady or Watson. When you sign ta player its market value at the time of signing. Why as a fan should you care its not your money now is it? The guy has had a different OC every year he has been there AND he has adapted. Not saying Kirk is elite but he is good enough to win a Super Bowl with a good defense. He has the weapons on the offensive side of the ball – the defense will better this year with injured players returning and those who opted out back in the mix. Gladney and Danztler have a year under their belts and will be better.

  32. WFT fan here. I am having nightmares about the WFT giving up 2 firsts, a second and Heineke for some washed up “superstar” quarterback.

  33. I,m tired of these guys squeezing every dime out of the teams. I’m tired of the teams squeezing every dime out of their fans who try to support the game. I’m tired of the Commissioner squeezing every dime out of the networks. I’m tired of the networks cramming 75 minutes of commercials into a 60-minute game.

    All the greed is killing the viewing experience for the fans. Scale it back and get your selfish ego’s in check.

  34. Of course Cousins is going to tell Dak to take Dallas to the bank with the Franchise tag. But if I’m Dallas, am I really going to tie up 21 percent of their total cap on a QB coming off of a catastrophic leg injury who possesses average arm talent, anticipation and accuracy? Unless Dallas wants to be in the salary cap hell that Minnesota is in with their overrated QB they should take the public relations hit and take their QB search in a newer cap friendly direction.

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