The most important topic when it comes to the Dallas Cowboys is the lucrative contract extension that Dak Prescott is seeking. With the March 9 franchise-tag deadline rapidly approaching, Prescott and the Cowboys will work to get something done before then. If not, a second tag will be applied which will give the two sides until July 15 to work out something long-term.
Prescott isn’t the only quarterback whose name is making waves with the Cowboys lately. Last week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson listed the Cowboys as one of the few teams he would entertain a trade to, which created a buzz throughout the Dallas area to the point that many fans were calling for the organization to make the move.
Former All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall recently sent a warning to the Cowboys about bringing in Wilson and parting ways with Prescott.
“Dallas, you have your guy,” Marshall said, via TMZ Sports. “Pay him! Let the world know he is the guy!”
Since entering the NFL in 2016, Prescott has the sixth most wins for all quarterbacks, and that’s with 11 games missed in 2020. He was named Offensive Rookie of the Year and has two division titles under his belt. Marshall feels that’s more than enough to proceed with Prescott for the foreseeable future.
“Continue to build your team around him,” Marshall said. “You know, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side because you don’t know Russ’ style and how he operates and how he moves.”
Marshall also sent a similar message earlier this week during a segment on FS1’s First Things First, where he can be seen every Monday-Friday.
“It’s laughable that the Cowboys won’t give Dak the bag,” Marshall said. Pay the man and you won’t have these discussions.”
Cowboys fans got some encouraging news when it comes to the Prescott situation this week. According to NFL Network’s Jane Slater, Prescott has been at the team’s facility rehabbing, and talks between his agent and Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones are “better than they’ve been” in the past.
Slater also made an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show earlier this week. She revealed that Prescott is seeking a new deal “right behind” Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs whose contract is $45 million a year annually, which would make him the second-highest paid quarterback in the NFL, just above DeShaun Watson’s $39 million per season average.
Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) joined us this morning to separate fact from fiction when it comes to Dak, Russell Wilson, and the #CowboysFor Jane’s full appearance: https://t.co/QjSvbxpNBt pic.twitter.com/DFB5KrKmPQ
If Prescott is tagged for the second consecutive season he will make $37.7 million in 2021 if no deal is reached. However, with a salary cap that’s estimated to be around $180 million, a significant drop from the $198.2 million dollar cap from 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Cowboys will be better served to get Prescott signed to something long-term.
Until Prescott is either tagged or signs a new contract his future in Dallas will be the main topic of the NFL.