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NFC East Rivals Shouldn’t be Happy About a Dak Prescott Extension

Every time you see a story about the Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott working on a new contract, it never fails that Eagles, Giants, and Redskins fans crawl out of their holes to say how “happy” they are about the deal. But what alternate universe do these folks live in? What do they think’s been going on in the NFC East the last four years?

Consider the following exchange I had on Wednesday with one deluded Washington fan:

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@19_Jeffro_78 @LizLoza_FF @YahooFantasy Washington 1-7 against the Cowboys since Dak Prescott became the starting QB.

Jeff is but one of many to suffer from this brand of ignorance. And Skins fans are the last who should be talking, having only one win against Dak since he arrived in the division.

It’s not much better for the other two. New York is 2-6 and Philadelphia is 3-5 against Dallas from 2016-2019.

(And for the record, one of those Philly losses came in a meaningless Week 17 finale. The Cowboys were leading at halftime when Prescott came out of the game.)

That’s right; Dak Prescott is the winningest quarterback in the NFC East for the last four years. He’s led the Cowboys to two of the last four division titles and is 18-6 in division games. That’s a winning percentage of 75%.

Now some of these grinning goobers are laughing at the notion of Dak being the highest-paid QB in the NFL. And even the most ardent Cowboys will admit that Prescott isn’t the best in the league.

But Dak getting this contract, whether it’s $35 million per year or something close to it, is just a short-term issue. His being the most expensive passer in the NFL will only last until Pat Mahomes or someone gets a new deal.

Nobody thinks Prescott is the best in the league. He’s just the best who happened to be a free agent in the year 2020. That’s how these things work.

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The Redskins know what that’s all about. Kirk Cousins has made many more millions than he ever deserved just because his Washington contract expired at the right time. After two years on the franchise tag, Cousins got the richest contract in NFL history from Minnesota even though nobody saw him as the top QB in football.

Last year, despite Wentz’s season-ending injuries in 2017 and 2018, the Eagles still felt they should give Carson a new deal worth $32 million per season. Even with so little leverage and major red flags, Wentz was able to become one of the richest quarterbacks in the game.

With the NFL salary cap going up about $10 million every season, the pains of a new contract for a quarterback are short-lived. In a few years from now, Prescott’s number will settle back down to match where he ranks among the league’s passers.

So whether you’ve deluded yourself into thinking that Dak’s easy to beat, or that his new contract will somehow sink the Cowboys financially, you’re wrong on either count.

Sometime soon, Dak Prescott will get a new deal from Dallas and hopefully get back to dominating the NFC East.

We’ll see how “amazing” they think his contract is then.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!


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  1. Cant afford his much salary cap to the QB. He was 8&8 last year. Dak needs pro bowl team mates to beat the Eagles let alone the 49ers and Chiefs.

  2. I can’t help but wonder with all the teams assuming the cap will keep going up and the TV deals will do the same what the longterm impact of COVID 19 will be on people’s mindset of piling into a stadium with 80,000 other people.

    WE are no different, we need to get this done with Dak.

  3. Pretty funny to state when the other 3 teams are rebuilding or dealing with major injuries. Not sure its such a great accomplishment. When the other teams catch up from rebuilding, yes we will laugh that you sunk so much into this mediocre QB.

  4. The fact that it takes someone to point out the obvious disrespect that Dak gets is proof that QB of the Cowboys is the hardest job in America. Here is a list of all the players in NFL history who through 4 years have won 40 games, thrown for 15,000+ yards, 95+ TDs with less than 40 INTs ……. Dak Prescott and that’s it. He is 26 and only going to get better. This is the world we live in … if you don’t win a Super Bowl within the first 3 years in the league you are considered garbage. Sad.

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