Troy Aikman: Cowboys should hurry up and sign Dak Prescott long term

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The names read like a list of no names, never weres and has beens: Quincy Carter, Anthony Wright, Ryan Leaf, Clint Stoerner, Chad Hutchinson, Drew Henson, Vinny Testaverde and Drew Bledsoe. That’s the quarterbacks who started for the Cowboys between Troy Aikman’s retirement and when the team lucked into Tony Romo.

The Cowboys lucked into Dak Prescott as Romo’s heir apparent, going from one franchise quarterback to another in 2016 after Romo was injured in a preseason game.

“They’re not going to get very far without a franchise quarterback,’’ Aikman told David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. “They’ve got that in Dak.’’

Prescott has started 69 of a possible 80 games for the Cowboys in his career, missing the final 11 games in 2020 with a compound fracture and dislocated right ankle. The Cowboys, 2-3 with Prescott, went 4-7 without him.

Prescott, though, is scheduled to become a free agent next month after playing last season on the one-year franchise tag.

“I think the price tag went up,’’ Aikman said. “I think Dak’s leverage went up after this year.’’

The Cowboys and Prescott’s representation have negotiated almost two years without reaching an agreement.

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.

Kirk Cousins is the only quarterback in NFL history to play under the franchise tag in back-to-back seasons. He then left Washington as a free agent in 2018.

“I’d be really surprised if [Prescott] is playing under the franchise tag again this year,’’ Aikman said. “My guess is if he is, that will be the last we see of Dak Prescott [in Dallas].

“I just can’t imagine that he’s going to feel really good giving an open negotiation to the Cowboys if he’s played two years under the franchise tag.”

Aikman, though, expresses optimism that the Cowboys will get a deal worked out with Prescott that keeps Prescott in Dallas long term. The FOX analyst used the word “hopeful,” the same word most Cowboys fans would use.

33 responses to “Troy Aikman: Cowboys should hurry up and sign Dak Prescott long term

  1. .571 winning % without him this year.
    .667 with (smaller sample size)

    Not exactly a massive drop off with no guarantee it would have been better with him over larger sample size in McCarthy’s offense.

  2. toasteddonkey says:

    February 12, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    .571 winning % without him this year.
    .667 with (smaller sample size)

    Not exactly a massive drop off with no guarantee it would have been better with him over larger sample size in McCarthy’s offense.

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    That’s the worst math I’ve ever seen, they were 2-3 with Dak for a winning % of .400 and without Dak they were 4-7 for a winning % of .363

  3. The big issue is that Jerry Jones should have paid him after his 3rd season when the top of the QB market was around $27-28 million, and if you included the $2.05 million for his 4th year, plus the extension would have put him paying out an average of probably around $25 million give or take. Instead Jerry has continuously balked and they’ve put themselves in a corner where they either have to pay him $10+ million more annually or let him walk (or try to trade him under the franchise tag but it’s going to be hard for a team to take the $37+ million into their cap space when the cap is going down so much. Dallas paid guys who had terrible 2020 seasons like Jaylon Smith and Zeke Elliott at the two WORST position groups to spend big money at: LB and RB. Instead of investing in a franchise QB they invested into the LB and RB corps. Pollard outplayed Zeke for the most part this season.

  4. Whether some Cowboys fans like it, Dak is a franchise QB and Dak is the acknowledge leader on offense. That’s something the Cowboys can’t afford to lose. It’s bad enough the ‘Boys are stuck with McCarthy as their coach. The Cowboys don’t need to make it worse.

  5. At the time of Dak’s injury, he had won more games than any QB in the league besides Tom Brady, since the day he was drafted. It’s a QB league, if you haven’t figured that out yet. I wouldn’t mind seeing Dad move on to perhaps the Raiders or 49ers. Jerry Jones has won three rings, and he’s been inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Cowboys’ franchise is worth billions. I think he’s pretty content. At this point in his life, his ego comes before the team.

  6. Yeah listen to Troy, please find something to do besides trying to make yourself look important.

  7. icouldcareless says:
    February 12, 2021 at 8:59 pm
    Troy also said Baker Mayfield was a horrible choice for Cleveland sooo

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    It was! Def Allen is better, then you have Jackson and Darnold too…

  8. The fact people seem to always overlook is the Cowboys have gone 25 years with different quarterbacks and head coaches but the only constant during that time is Jerry and Stephen Jones in charge. Dak is not the problem, it’s the Jones family running things. Why would you think they will get it right if they move on from Dak. Need I remind you it was Jerry who wanted Johnny Manziel. Changing quarterbacks will not fix the people in charge. Again, 25 years. That’s not Dak’s fault.

  9. Yes because overpaying an average qb worked out so well for the rams, eagles, and Jags. Go ahead and sign dak to 40 million a year and then in three years you can lose two or three first round picks to try to get out of that bloated cap hit

  10. Most people seem to think the team screwed this up, but I think Prescott has.

    He’s split hairs over contract length (wanting 4 years instead of 5) for two years now, which means even if he gets that 4-year contract, the Cowboys will have him under contract longer than he originally wanted when this first started. Which is exactly what the team wanted to begin with.

    Personally, I think they shouldn’t tag him again. If he won’t agree to a contract, let him walk. No other team will pay him the $35/5 the Cowboys have already offered him.

    Keeping him around on the tag would just mean results good enough to not be in a good draft position plus an impossibly high tag number to follow.

    If a $35/5 contract isn’t good enough for him, send him packing and he can see how green the grass is.

  11. Sunday Swami says:
    February 12, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    That’s the worst math I’ve ever seen, they were 2-3 with Dak for a winning % of .400 and without Dak they were 4-7 for a winning % of .363

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    His math was bad but .037 doesn’t seem like that great of a drop off. Were they more entertaining? Sure. Were they under .500 in either case, yes. I don’t see those numbers really making a case for making Dak a 40 mill/yr QB.

  12. They should let him walk, he is not worth anything near what he will get if the Cowboys resign him.

  13. My money is on Jon Gruden having already gotten word to Dak that the Raiders are very interested.
    After this season…he gone, Dallas.

  14. Dak’s only leverage is with the Cowboys. He’s not getting that much elsewhere. He’s not elite.

  15. He thinks Prescott’s stock went up after he essentially snapped off his foot and had it reattached? He’s damaged goods and I’d be surprised if he ever plays at the same level again.

  16. Aikman is wrong here. If the goal is to win a Super Bowl, giving Dak an elite level QB deal is the worst possible move. He’s good, but not elite. There will be other good QBs available for far less. And with the cap dollars saved, the Cowboys can beef up the defense which needs a lot of help to reach Super Bowl quality.

  17. If Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street were to announce a football game, Aikman and Buck would still be worse.

  18. Christopher Allan says:
    February 13, 2021 at 12:25 am
    If Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street were to announce a football game, Aikman and Buck would still be worse.

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    That is a fantastic idea. Game broadcasting and analysis has become so bad that they would probably become the top team in no time at all.

  19. eagleswin says:

    February 12, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    Sunday Swami says:
    February 12, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    That’s the worst math I’ve ever seen, they were 2-3 with Dak for a winning % of .400 and without Dak they were 4-7 for a winning % of .363

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    His math was bad but .037 doesn’t seem like that great of a drop off. Were they more entertaining? Sure. Were they under .500 in either case, yes. I don’t see those numbers really making a case for making Dak a 40 mill/yr QB.

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    Did I say he was worth 40 million? No. Did I say it was a great drop off on winning %? No again. What I said is it was horrible math, going by those numbers Dallas was a 10 plus win team and the fact 50% of people thimb his comment up shows the herd mentality here.

  20. One thing we know is that Jerrah will overpay for Dak. he isnt an elite QBbut who else do they have? i see another 7-9 or 6-10 in the future.

  21. Cowboys would be better off getting one of the QB’s on the market now. Prescott is a headache. Having said that, I despise the Cowboys so the longer they struggle the better.

  22. Aikman was a great quarterback, but he’s wrong here. Mike McCarthy isn’t the ideal head coach, but he’s got a proven track record with quarterbacks. They hired McCarthy. It’s his bed. Let him sleep in it. Let Dak walk. Use that money to sign a couple of free agents (Trent Williams, maybe?) that includes a pass rusher, a real one. Draft a quarterback and try to win big while he’s on his rookie deal. Change the culture even more by cutting Zeke and drafting another back to go along with Pollard. Lot more of a successful plan than what they’ve been doing.

  23. Cowboys have been to the playoffs twice in Dak’s career. That division was only arguably good one year during that period, the year the Eagles won the Super Bowl.

    Does he have impressive leadership? Has anyone seen that? Five years in the league in a pretty consistently weak division and helped his team make the playoffs two years. 1-2 playoff record.

    Do you want to pay this guy $35-40 million per year for five or more years?

  24. Dak should take Cousins advice and take the extension instead, turn down the money and see just how much more he is going to worth next year. When you can shop around and play the field you get a lot mo money.

  25. Who would sign Prescott to a long term deal paying more per season than Tampa Bay is paying Tom Brady? That is insanity. What exactly has Prescott done to deserve to be ranked near Patrick Mahomes in salary. Has Prescott won the MVP award or the Super Bowl MVP award?

  26. The “Deadlines make deals” way of negotiating by the front office should be retired. For once it would be nice to see a deal done under the radar. Have some conviction and get a deal done or move on.

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