Cowboys, Dak Prescott Far Apart In Talks

Plans for the 2016 quarterback class’ extensions became clearer this week, with the Eagles extending Carson Wentz and the Rams appearing set to approach a Jared Goff re-up next year. The Cowboys do not have as much time, as Dak Prescott is entering his first contract year.

The Cowboys and Prescott began negotiations weeks ago, and a report of progress emerged last month. The parties seem to have hit a standstill in talks. Prescott and the Cowboys are “really far apart” on terms at this point, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com notes (video link) — to the point they will likely press pause on these discussions. This process looks set to drag into training camp, Garafolo adds.

Wentz’s $32MM-per-year deal (with $66MM fully guaranteed) likely raises Prescott’s floor. While he may not ultimately receive what the Eagles passer did, the likelihood of the 2016 offensive rookie of the year accepting much less is not high. The Cowboys may not be fazed by a deal worth approximately $30MM AAV, but executive VP Stephen Jones bringing up the prospect of a team-friendlier deal (because of the marketing opportunities that come with Prescott’s role) may complicate matters — especially with the Cowboys having several high-profile extension candidates.

Like Russell Wilson four years ago, Prescott faces the prospect of earning a mid-rounder’s salary for a fourth straight year. Considering the Cowboys’ effusive praise for their fourth-round find, it’s likely they and Prescott will find a middle ground. But the team has some leverage in Prescott’s $2.025MM base salary this season. Conversely, the value of being a contract-year quarterback on a team that has other key priorities — like deals for Amari Cooper and Ezekiel Elliott — stands to work in the soon-to-be 26-year-old passer’s favor.

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27 comments on “Cowboys, Dak Prescott Far Apart In Talks

  1. jorge78

    They should see what he does this year. What’s the rush? The man has a contract. You can always franchise tag him next year. I’m sure the Rams would like a do over on the Gurley contract. It is smarter to wait…..

  2. crosseyedlemon

    Both sides will get it worked out unless Prescott does something dopey like asking Dez Bryant for career advice.

  3. compassrose

    I bet they are $20-25 mill apart right now. Dak has to want to be the highest paid. He is not with his salt if he doesn’t want to be. He has to think he is the best it is the nature of the position.

  4. BleedBlue22

    I am a Cowboys fan and there is no way in any universe that I paying Dak that kind of money. None.

    Let him play out his current deal while you look for a replacement.

    He just isn’t that good.

    I would have taken Foles over him in 1/2 a second.

  5. Yep it is

    He is a backup on a good team and a starter on a crummy team. He is lucky to be playing in Dallas with the talented offensive players and O line. He can’t carry a team like Russell Wilson and others.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Wilson had a ten win season just like Prescott but he had a league leading (+15) turnover ratio to aid him. Let’s see how well he does when that number shrinks.

    • troll_smasher

      WHAT has Wilson carried Seattle to since their defense stopped dominating?

      • compassrose

        How about a rebuilding team that wasn’t supposed to do anything yet made the playoffs. The D last year played over it’s head.

  6. bradthebluefish
    bradthebluefish

    No more than $20MM or your toast. I like Prescott but I feel he’s replaceable with a Tannerhill or another QB of that short pass ilk.

    • earmbrister

      He is so much more than Tannerhill. Sign him for about 30 and both parties will be happy.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Glennon got $18MM from the Bears 3 years ago and you think Prescott should be satisfied with $20MM? Bringing back Romo would be a better option than Tannehill.

  7. dmarcus15

    Lock up cooper and Zeke. Why does Brady do so well? Look at how much he makes he gets it a friendly contract this gives the pats more money to bring in talent. If he don’t wanna do it make a trade.

  8. Guest617

    jerry never gets anything done the first time – ask the coach about his contract

    • crosseyedlemon

      Jerry is just doing the “Godfather” gig now….stumbling around the tomato patch with his favorite wine, letting Stevie take charge while he gets ready to sail off into the sunset on his $250MM yacht.

  9. Z-A

    I mean most sports talk hosts will say ‘it’s not your money, what do you care’ but when you give an average to slightly above average QB stupid money, the rest of the team is crapola. Should have drafted a replacement to be honest. Build the rest of the team, get a QB on a rookie contract. That’s the blueprint with every QB now making 25-35M.

    • troll_smasher

      Compare Dak’s numbers to the guy in Philly that just got a mega extension, but has never even won a playoff game, or didn’t even win 2016 offensive rookie of the year award.

  10. of9376

    They should play this year out before they make any major contract decisions with Dak. If he can take them to the playoffs and play well then pay the man.

  11. joparx

    I like Dak, but he is wildly overrated because he’s the cowboys starting quarterback, get zekes contract done and then worry about Dak, then maybe worry about amari if he keeps catching the ball this year, I know he stopped doing that in Oakland

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