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Put Away the Dak Prescott Hypotheticals, He’s Your Quarterback

Rinse and repeat. Those are the words you find on your favorite shampoo bottle toward the end of the instructions for how to use your favorite product. It’s also the philosophy of many in Cowboys Nation with regards to the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.

If you’ve followed the team for the last decade and a half, you heard and read the criticism of former Cowboys’ Quarterback Tony Romo. Find yourself scrolling through social media at any point in the last four years and you’ll see criticism of Dak Prescott.

Rinse and repeat. 

Though the Dallas Cowboys have found fortune in their discoveries at quarterback in an undrafted free agent and a fourth-round draft pick, both were forced to endure criticism throughout their careers.

For many, the narrative was written about Tony Romo as soon as he fumbled the snap on a late field goal attempt against the Seattle Seahawks in his first season as a starter. Similarly, many have had their minds made up about Dak Prescott since the 2016 divisional round against Green Bay where the Cowboys offense started slow and nearly pulled off a miraculous comeback.

For many in the fanbase and even many media members, the only way that Tony Romo could have shaken the labels is to win a championship. Nevermind he had a really nice career and kept the Dallas Cowboys competitive in seasons when they probably shouldn’t have been (2011-2013). Unfortunately, the Dallas Cowboys were unable to win a Super Bowl with Tony Romo at quarterback.

Over the last four years, every throw Dak Prescott has made for the Cowboys has been analyzed, scrutinized, and criticized to the point that the only way for Prescott to overcome the narratives in the minds of many is to win a championship. Nevermind the Dallas Cowboys have won more regular-season games than every other team in the league with Prescott at quarterback aside from the New England Patriots. But because he hasn’t won a Super Bowl, the criticism persists.

Rinse and repeat. 

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There’s a flaw in measuring quarterbacks by championships, especially in the NFL, but it’s how the media portrays players. No matter what happens in a player’s career, the things that happen in January and February are all that matter to many. It’s why Eli Manning will get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame though his career from September to December was very average. It’s why you never hear Dan Marino’s name mentioned in any discussions of who is the greatest quarterback of all-time.

Since last offseason, Dak Prescott has had to endure countless questions about his contract. Though Prescott would tell you there are always things he can improve on, since he’s started negotiating his contract, there has been constant criticism and nit-picking of his game. He’s not a perfect quarterback. But there isn’t a perfect quarterback. What he and the Dallas Cowboys have shown is that he’s a quarterback that will help you win a lot of football games.

This offseason, with Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys further down the road of negotiating a new contract, there has been an innumerable amount of “trade Dak” hypotheticals pushed by local and national media outlets. Almost daily on social media or in Cowboys discussion groups, you’ll see another media concocted trade scenario that sends the Cowboys franchise quarterback to another NFL city for either an older quarterback or for draft picks.

It has to stop!

The Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott will come to an agreement on a new contract. Dak Prescott isn’t going to play on the franchise tag. Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones, and Dak Prescott are all optimistic that a deal will be reached. It’s going to happen and it’s probably going to happen at a rate that makes him one of the five highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL.

It’s going to happen.

Franchise quarterbacks get paid a lot of money. When it’s their time, it’s their time. Like Carson Wentz last year, 2020 is Dak Prescott’s year. He will be the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys for a very long time, whether you like it or not.

Tony Romo wasn’t the best quarterback in the NFL during his tenure as a player, but he was one of the better QBs in the league. The problem was people had made up their minds about him long before his career had come to a conclusion. The problem is that Romo became a much better player in the latter years of his career, but was robbed of stardom because of injuries and a poor call from the officials in the divisional round of the 2014 playoffs.

Dak Prescott is just 26 years old has improved his game every season he’s been in the league. In 2019, he had a career year that saw him throw for 30 touchdowns and nearly 5,000 yards. Prescott isn’t a finished product. There are things he can continue to improve upon and if the last four seasons are any evidence, he will improve in those areas. But already, he’s one of the five to ten best quarterbacks in the NFL.

There’s no reason to entertain Dak Prescott trade hypotheticals. Even if he gets the franchise tag prior to signing his long-term contract, it’s a pointless exercise. Dak Prescott is the answer to the question, “who will be the Dallas Cowboys quarterback for the next 10 years?”

The Cowboys were lucky to have found Tony Romo in the undrafted free agent rough and have been fortunate yet again to land another franchise quarterback without having to spend a premium draft pick on the position. We can spend the next ten years arguing about the quality of the quarterback at the helm for the Dallas Cowboys, or we can spend the next ten years enjoying the level of play that a great and some might argue elite quarterback brings to the table.

It’s time to rinse away the idea that a rookie quarterback or a veteran in his mid to late 30s gives the Dallas Cowboys a better chance to win than Prescott. It’s time to rinse away the over-critical nature in which we evaluate the quarterback for our favorite NFL franchise. It’s time to rinse away the idea that the only quarterbacks who are good or great are quarterbacks with rings. It’s time to rinse away the idea that Dak Prescott isn’t a franchise quarterback, because the Dallas Cowboys are about to pay him like he is. Though many have already done it, it’s time to fully embrace Dak Prescott the person, the leader, and the player as the quarterback for America’s Team. Most importantly, it’s time to rinse away these insane trade hypotheticals. Dak Prescott will be the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys in 2020 and for a long, long time to come.

Ep 23: Dak Prescott Contract and a 3 Round Mock Draft by Inside The Cowboys

Today’s episode attempts to tackle the rumor mill surrounding the latest on the Dak Prescott contract talks and provides the first mock draft of the draft season from John Williams of

What do you think?


Written by John Williams

Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could.

Make sure you check out the Inside The Cowboys Podcast featuring John Williams and other analysts following America's Team.


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      • He was actually offered that much on a 6 year contract!! They offered him a contract for that many years so him and Zeke could be together for their whole career!! But he turned it down cause he don’t want that long of a contract!! He’s looking for a 3 to 4 year contract so he can get a chance to negotiate another big contract before his career is over!!

  1. Dak is worth what the market is paying and he has earned it. 2nd most wins the last 4 years, great stats last year. He played his hand , hit the straight flush and is cashing in!! I support signing him and winning the big game very soon!!

  2. 30 TD and 11 INT, Two WR’s over 1,000 yards (the slot guy with over 800 yards) DVOA tells the tale. Dak was VERY GOOD period. He bet on himself and won. The CB are in the PO if Garrett doesn’t bungle a few key calls down the stretch (which he always does). Dak improved his accuracy, mechanics, and took ownership of the team. He has outplayed EVERY QB he is financially compared to since entering the league except Rodgers & Wilson two future HOFs. Wentz, Carr, Goff, Ryan, Roethlisberger, Cousins, Garoppolo, Stafford, & Brissett Dak has ouplayed them ALL. Your “eye test” is backed by little to 0 facts. Dak has EARNED this contract. In fact we gave Romo a monster contract and Dak has outplayed Romo in the same time period. How does he not DESERVE his contract? In four years Dak has 2 Pro Bowls, 3 PO appearances with 1 PO victory, ROY, improved EVERY aspect of his game, is a natural born leader, and a GREAT spokesperson to represent the Dallas Cowboys as an organization.
    The holdup is the years & guaranteed money. Dak wants less/more and the CBs want more/less to spread out the money and give them room to restructure if need be. Dak wants 4 years to gain a 2nd contract which is NORMAL to do and the MOST important factor with a contract is the guaranteed money, so Dak wants all he can get on his first contract. NONE of this is foreign. It happens yearly to one or more teams with a promising young star at QB. The same will happen with Watson, Mahomes, and eventually Jackson and Allen. I hope we break the bank on Dak as he deserves it with all of this CONSTANT whining from the fan-base.

    • Couldn’t agree more. I think he’s one of the 5–10 best QBs in the NFL and I think he’s worth that money. I also think he’s an ascending player who is only going to get better. He’s far from a finished product.

  3. Overpaying Dak will be the straw that breaks the camels back. I’ve watched the Jones spend no 1 draft pick like candy and get nothing in return. We are just now recovering from Jerry Jones gambeling habits. remember trading up for that cornerback we no longer have? remember trading two no. ones for roy williams from Detroit? Now we are going to overpay Dak and hamstring our roster for another Decade. I think Dak is a good QB but he isn’t the type of player that can overcome a roster hamstrung by a 35 million dollar contract. We needed to get him early but he wanted too much. The only viable solution is to move on. If We sign him above 30 a year I’m out. Been a fan since the early 70’s but can’t take the stupidity.

    • They won’t be overpaying. They’ll be paying what the market dictates for a franchise quarterback.

      They used a first round pick to acquire three of their four offensive linemen, Byron Jones, Amari Cooper, and previously Dez Bryant. In the first round, they’ve hit quite a few home runs in the last decade.

      $35 mil may seem like a lot now, but in a couple of years when Mahomes and Watson sign their contracts, it won’t feel nearly that expensive.

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