The Dallas Cowboys have had a Dak Prescott conundrum on their hands for about a year now. They've struggled to come to a long-term agreement with their franchise quarterback, and they seem destined to tag him.
But that's not even the worst of it. The Cowboys reportedly offered him a respectable contract that would pay $33 million per year, yet he still declined.
Offered $33, wants $35? At that stratosphere it's the same thing: Cowboys were close to $33M per season deal with Dak Prescott, then he asked for more https://t.co/ZLjyPB6SdB
— William deVry (@WilliamdeVry1) February 7, 2020
That spells major doom for the future relationship between the two sides for the simple fact that Prescott isn't worth a penny more than what the Cowboys offered, and even that deal is pushing it.
Only a handful of quarterbacks earn that much per year to begin with, and generally speaking, they're the best of the best. Russell Wilson, who earns a league-high $35 million per year, has a 108.4 passer rating since the start of 2018. In that same stretch, he has thrown just 12 interceptions and run for 718 yards.
Voting for Offensive Player of the Year:
Michael Thomas: 19
Lamar Jackson: 17
Christian McCaffrey: 12
Russell Wilson: 1
Patrick Mahomes: 1
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) February 1, 2020
Drew Brees and Tom Brady, two of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, haven't made money anywhere close to Prescott's demands. The former has led the league in completion percentage in each of the last three seasons while earning $25 million per year, and the latter, who won MVP in 2017, made over $20 million in a season for the first time in 2019.
By comparison, Prescott is nowhere close to these guys. He's a moderately accurate passer who has failed to eclipse the 100.0 mark in passer rating three years running, and that's not even mentioning the fact that he has yet to take the Cowboys to an NFC Championship game, let alone a Super Bowl.
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) January 31, 2020
He hasn't shown that he has what it takes to command one of the largest contracts in football, nor has he shown that he has what it takes to lead a team to glory. Put another way, he hasn't shown that he's worth the amount of money he wants.
The Cowboys were already pushing it by offering him such a hefty contract. Considering their salary cap situation and his demands, Dallas might be doomed.