As strange as it may sound, the Dallas Cowboys shouldn’t be in a big hurry to sign Quarterback Dak Prescott to a long-term extension just yet. They need to explore all options before committing the amount of money Prescott and his representatives are asking for. That includes free agent QBs, like Teddy Bridgewater
Now, before I go any further I want to make it perfectly clear I have nothing against Dak Prescott or the Dallas Cowboys trying to lock him up for the foreseeable future. I will be completely happy to see Prescott in a Cowboys uniform for the rest of his career. Having said that though, I do want to see Dallas do what’s best for the team and that might mean letting Dak walk.
Right now, the Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott’s representatives remain at an impasse as far as contract negotiations go. That is why Adam Schefter reported earlier this week his sources believe the Cowboys will use the franchise tag on Prescott. But according to @Spotrac, the franchise tag is about the same as his current market value.
Dak Prescott is likely looking at an exclusive franchise tag from the #Cowboys, which should cost them around $33.3M, a figure that aligns with his current valuation. Exclusive means Prescott won’t be able to negotiate with other teams while tagged.
— Spotrac (@spotrac) February 2, 2020
$33.3 million is a lot of money for one-year of service. However, that’s pretty much what Spotrac.com is predicting Dak Prescott will earn per season on a long-term contract anyway. They believe he will sign a five-year, $165,061,201 contract extension that will pay him $33,012,242 annually. I personally think he’s asking for $35 million+ a year, but regardless it’s a lot of money.
This is where Free Agent QB Teddy Bridgewater comes in.
I truly believe Teddy Bridgewater can come in and have the same kind of success with the Dallas Cowboys, and do it for much cheaper. Spotrac.com predicts Bridgewater’s market value at three-year, $60,120,146 and an annual salary of $20,040,049. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a great bargain to me.
If I’m right and Teddy Bridgewater can be just as successful as Dak Prescott, the Dallas Cowboys would be fools to pay more money for the latter. Having approximately $13 million or so to use to upgrade your team in other areas sure would come in handy. They could then use the franchise tag on Amari Cooper and re-sign Byron Jones if they wanted. With Prescott both might not be possible.
This of course is all speculation, but completely plausible. It’s something to keep an eye on as contract negotiations continue between the Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott’s reps and something to store away for future reference if things don’t exactly work out between these two in the future. Just remember you heard it here first.
Personally, I believe Teddy Bridgewater gives the Dallas Cowboys a better chance to reach the Super Bowl in the next few years. That extra money saved can be a huge difference maker. And, this is coming from someone who has 100% supported Dak Prescott from Day 1 and will continue to do so if he is locked up long term.