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    Things to Remember Prior to Dak Prescott’s Imminent Extension

    Dak Prescott's extension is coming. As we wait impatiently for the , the Dallas Cowboys' is hard at work trying to work out a deal for their quarterback of the future. As talks start speeding up, fans continue to argue if this is the right thing to do for the Cowboys.

    The news will soon arrive that both parties have struck a long-term deal and heated discussions will break out among fans, writers and analysts, so I thought it'd be a good idea to list a few things to remember prior to the chaos.

    Price isn't about who's the best QB

    Recently, Forth Worth Star-Telegram reported Prescott's deal could reach an average of 30 million dollars per year. Yes, $30M per year sounds like a lot of money. Well, it is. But that's how the quarterback market in the NFL works. As we await the imminent extension for Dak Prescott, many in argue passionately about whether or not he's worth it. Many say he's worth less money, and that keeping him for a lower price tag would be the correct move.

    But don't forget that's not how things work in this league. If you want to keep a potential franchise passer, you must pay him what the market dictates. No less.

    There's a reason why the deals around the league keep getting bigger and bigger every year. Annually, the increases. If a football team can spend more, then the player can earn more. On average, Matt Stafford earns 27 million dollars per year and Jimmy Garoppolo $27.5M. Based on these contracts, you might think Prescott should be closer to a 27 million average instead of a 30 million average. However, Garoppolo signed his contract a year ago and Stafford's deal took place prior to the .

    Since then, the salary cap has increased considerably, which makes $30 million a year a reasonable price tag for a 25-year old quarterback who has been able to win in the NFL. Which brings us to the next point…

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    Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (AP Photo / Michael Ainsworth)

    Dak Prescott has been a winning QB for Cowboys

    Prescott is far from an elite player and isn't a pinpoint passer by any means. However, we're talking about a guy who's been winning since the moment he took the field as a professional, which was way earlier than expected. The former fourth round draft pick has led his team to win the in two of his first three years in the league. In his rookie season, the Cowboys finished the season as the #1 seed in the .

    Since entering the league in 2016, he's the quarterback with the most game-winning drives (14). Since then, he's also one of three quarterbacks who have thrown more than 60 TD passes and less than 25 interceptions. The other two are and .

    He's a clutch player who can both throw and run, and keep the moving. He's a natural leader and has throw power, touch, and a remarkable ability to make plays when it matters most. He has been a winner since the moment he stepped in and he should continue to be one.

    It's wise to sign him now

    A popular narrative among Cowboys fans is the idea of waiting to extend him after he's played out his current contract. That way, you get to see more from him before committing to a long-term deal. It's a decent idea, but it's seriously flawed.

    If Prescott goes on and wins the division for the third time in a four-year span, his demands will be way higher next . But the way I see it, there's an even more important reason why the front office should extend Dak now.

    is heading into his third season and should be getting a big-time extension next year. Mahomes' deal could reset the QB market after such a monstrous . When we see what Kansas City's newest hero asks for, we'll be glad the Cowboys got Dak's deal done in 2019.

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    The alternative

    Either you pay Dak Prescott or you bring in someone who can do better. The small problem is, who's that guy? You're not getting a franchise QB in the market right now, and you're sure as hell not drafting him in the unless you go 0-16. And no, the Dallas Cowboys are not having a winless season in 2019.

    So realistically, the Cowboys have two options. 1) Pay Dak the market value to keep a potential franchise QB who's been able to win consistently in the NFL and still has a ton of upside, or 2) let him walk, find a mediocre starting quarterback to step in and regret it until you find another promising signal-caller (a task Cowboys fans should know isn't easy at all).

    To me, it's an easy call.

    Mauricio Rodriguez
    Mauricio Rodriguezhttps://www.facebook.com/PrimeroCowboys/
    I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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    elindio42

    It is an easy call except for the haters that can’t accept that Tony Romo is gone.

    Randy Martin

    Honestly people get too hung up on Dak’s accuracy numbers. In 2018 he completed 67.7% which ranked him 10th most accurate. Yes he was more accurate than Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes, Jared Goff, Russell Wilson, Ben Rothleisberger…too name a few. People see him as inaccurate because we watch him every week but it’s really, really hard to throw a football in the NFL. Personally, the biggest issue I have with Dak is holding onto the ball too long and getting sacked. He has to learn to get out of the pocket and throw the ball away. I think that is a maturity issue and I expect to see improvement there this year.


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