Dak Prescott Reveals Cowboys Salary Demand
Dak Prescott revealed his Cowboys salary demand this week, and it was not what many expected.
Heading into the offseason, Prescott is an unrestricted free agent. Dallas has made it no secret that re-signing their young stud quarterback is their top priority this summer.
That said, despite clearly wanting to retain Prescott, it appears the organization and its free agent are pretty far apart in terms of expected compensation.
For weeks there have been reports that Prescott wants something in excess of the $35 million annual that the current highest paid NFL quarterback, Russell Wilson, commands.
Along the same lines, the reports have frequently mentioned that Dallas does not believe Prescott is worth that sort of money.
This week, The Athletic insider Jay Glazer opted to come out and set the record straight.
According to Glazer, there is a lot of misinformation floating around as it pertains to what Prescott wants.
Apparently, he is not interested in a salary that will greatly exceed Wilson’s. In fact, Glazer insists that suggestions of Prescott seeking an exorbitant new contract in the $40 million per year range are greatly exaggerated.
“Dak will be the quarterback of the Cowboys. Period,” Glazer said.
“End of story. I don’t see him getting 40. I see Patrick Mahomes as the first $40 million-a-year guy.
“Whatever he does, any other team can look and say, ‘Well, you didn’t win an MVP and a Super Bowl MVP so you’re not going to make as much as that.’”
Mahomes being a $40 million per year quarterback is easy to justify. Prescott getting anywhere close to that is not.
“But whether they franchise Dak, give him an extension, or whatever it is, it’s going to get done,” Glazer continued.
“He will be the quarterback of the future for the Cowboys, and no, he’s not asking for 40.”
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It will ultimately be interesting to see whether the Cowboys opt to franchise tag Prescott. The young quarterback has repeatedly said that he hopes they don’t, but if a contract resolution cannot be reached by next month, the organization will have no choice.
That said, everyone inside the Cowboys has consistently maintained that even if they do franchise tag Prescott, they simply view it as a time-buying move to ensure a deal gets done.
One way or another, Prescott will get paid this year. It is just a matter of when, not if.