If the Cowboys are hoping to get Dak Prescott’s contract extension done at a discount price, they better think again, because it sounds like their star quarterback is going to be angling to squeeze every dollar possible out of them.
During a recent interview with USA Today, Prescott explained why he won’t be offering the Cowboys a discount on his new contract, and basically, it comes down to the fact that NFL revenues keep going up, which means the salary cap keeps going up, which means the Cowboys can afford to pay him market price.
“For somebody to say you can only take so much because of the salary cap or you can only do this or that, I don’t know how fair that is to say,” Prescott said. “Because with gambling, with everything going into this league, everything is going to continue to keep going up.”
As things currently stand, Prescott is headed into the final year of his rookie deal, which is scheduled to pay him just $2.025 million, making him a steal. If Prescott doesn’t get a new deal soon, he’ll go into the 2019 season with a lower salary than other quarterbacks like Brian Hoyer ($2.8 million), Nate Sudfeld ($3.095 million) and Chase Daniel ($4 million).
Through the first three years of his career, Prescott only made a total of $1.62 million, so you can see why he wants to be paid at market price. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Prescott’s camp “broached” a price point of $34 million per year, which is likely what their client will get.
Cooper is headed into the final year of his rookie deal while Elliott is currently under contract through 2020.
“It’s important for all these guys to get every bit of their worth,” Prescott said. “I want to see Zeke the highest-paid. I want to see Amari the highest-paid. I want to see myself up there. And I don’t think any of that is too far-fetched. Because at the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, a year or two later, you’re not going to be the highest-paid. That’s just the way the game goes.”
With the salary cap going up considerably pretty much every year, Prescott believes there’s enough money for everyone (Over the past five years alone, thea total )
“I don’t think it’s fair to sit there and say, ‘This guy can’t get that because he needs the rest of the team,'” Prescott said. “The rest of the team can all get theirs with the way the league is trending.”
As for Prescott’s negotiations with the Cowboys, it sounds like both sides are taking things slowly.
“I mean, steps have to be made,” Prescott said. “They’re simple steps. For the most part, obviously you want to get closure and obviously you want to get it done, but the Cowboys probably feel the same way that I do: Nobody wants to take anything that’s not fair to the other.”
If the Cowboys are smart, they’ll get Prescott under contract soon, and that’s because if they don’t, his price will likely go up. As former NFL agent Joel Corry pointed out recently, the Cowboys might have been able to get Prescott to sign a deal worth under $30 million per year if they had been able work out an extension before the Carson Wentz deal, but after watching Wentz get an extension worth $32 million per year, that’s likely the minimum Prescott will be gunning for.
The Cowboys could cost themselves even more money if they let Jared Goff sign an extension before Prescott. If Goff were to land $33 or $34 million per year, Prescott’s camp could aim to top that. The other upside to getting a deal done soon is that once Prescott is signed, the two sides don’t have to worry about negotiations turning into a distraction at training camp.