Numbers have emerged in the Dak Prescott negotiations, and we now have conflicting reports about the Cowboys quarterback’s demands.
On Sunday, a report surfaced indicating the fourth-year passer turned down a Cowboys proposal of $30MM annually. A day later, NFL.com’s Jane Slater reports the same (Twitter link). Where it becomes more interesting: Slater adds Prescott is pushing for $40MM annually.
While no quarterback comes especially close to that benchmark, Prescott would be an interesting candidate to be the league’s first $40MM-AAV player. The 2016 offensive rookie of the year, however, has not requested such a contract, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk (Twitter link). Whether the parameters include total value or new money, Florio categorized the report of this demand as “all-caps false.”
Prescott recently did not sound receptive to the kind of Cowboys-friendly deal that Jerry and Stephen Jones have posited, citing the new CBA potentially bringing gambling-generated money into the equation. But he may not be seeking landscape-altering cash. It’s expected he will become the highest-paid player in Cowboys history, but PFT’s Charean Williams notes the Cowboys are not expected to make him the NFL’s salary kingpin.
Not all $30MM-AAV deals are created equal, obviously, so it is premature to judge Prescott for potentially turning down such an offer. But these talks, and Ezekiel Elliott‘s, have reportedly frustrated the Cowboys. The team has made it known it does not wish to set any positional markets, which seems like it will be a bigger issue on the Elliott front. But with numbers now being thrown around, this process appears to be accelerating.
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