Time for your regularly scheduled Dak Prescott contract discussion.
The Cowboys franchise quarterback is entering unrestricted free agency this Spring, and while the Jones family has been steadfast in claiming he will be a Cowboy for life, the contract is yet to be completed.
Most expected for Prescott and the Cowboys to close the deal prior to the 2019 season. Instead, Prescott played out the final year of his contract and had a career year, betting on himself and cementing his value as deserving of QB1 money.
At the Super Bowl this week, Dak joined the Dan Patrick Show and was asked about the status with the team, echoing the statements we’ve heard from much of Cowboys Nation the last couple of months.
I been doubted my whole life. It’s nothing new, it’s something I actually enjoy to go out there and prove people wrong.” – from being a 4th round pick to betting on himself with his contract situation, @Dak Prescott continues to prove his doubters wrong https://t.co/BccG9M6zTZ
It wasn’t surprising to hear that Dak thought he’d get himself a contract prior to the 2019 season, but it was surprising to hear that the deal was never really close in his eyes.
Stephen Jones has said that the deal is imminent, and all that’s left is to “land the plane” to close the deal. Based on how Prescott spoke here, though, it certainly sounds that he is viewing the current offers very differently than Jones.
Whether he is inked to a longterm deal, or brought back on the franchise tag, Prescott is going to be a Dallas Cowboy in 2020. But if you’re looking to keep your franchise player happy, why not opt for the longterm option? Why keep this in limbo for an entire season, giving the media a chance to potentially insert some outside drama onto the situation? Why allow for these “top free agent” lists to include the guy you claim to value as your starting quarterback of the future?
In the end I do believe this will all work out, but it doesn’t feel great as a Cowboys fan to see this all begin to unfold in a public manner.
Get Dak his money, and let’s move on.