Scheduled to earn $2.025MM in 2019, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott stands as one of the best values in the entire NFL. But, without the fifth-year option at the Cowboys’ disposal, they’ll have to pay a hefty sum to lock down the former fourth-round pick.
Dan Graziano of ESPN.com looked at Prescott’s case for a new deal and concluded that he could push to make more than Eagles QB Carson Wentz, who just re-upped on a new contract worth $32MM/year. In fact, he hears the Cowboys have been studying Wentz’s contract to see how it may impact negotiations with Prescott and he believes that it will serve as the main comp for talks.
It’s tricky to compare the two quarterbacks, but the tale of the tape does show some advantages in Prescott’s corner. Prescott has more career wins and division titles than Wentz, so it’s possible that the soon-to-be 26-year-old could wind up as the latest member of the $30MM/year club and the highest-paid QB in the NFC East.
Here’s more from Dallas:
- Wide receiver Amari Cooper is pushing for a major pay raise on his next contract, but he’s not necessarily playing hard to get with the Cowboys, as Jon Machota of the Dallas News writes. “If you play good football, you’re going to be around for a long time. I do want to be a Dallas Cowboy for a long time,” Cooper said. “I love the organization. I love everything we have going on.” Recently, Cooper acknowledged that he’ll have to prove himself over the course of a full season with the Cowboys before getting the long-term deal he desires.
- The Cowboys have put Ezekiel Elliott‘s extension talks on the back-burner and Mike Florio of PFT wonders if Elliott could be on the cusp of receiving the DeMarco Murray treatment from the club. Elliott has been the focal point of the Cowboys’ offense, but the club could shift to a greater focus on passing as Cooper sets his sights on a record-breaking 2,000-yard season. Even if Elliott is given a major workload in 2019, the club’s history with Murray suggests that they could cut him out of the plans entirely. After Murray set the franchise’s single-season rushing record in 2014, the Cowboys let him walk in free agency without much resistance.