Take it from somebody who’s performed the place for, and negotiated with, the Jones household: Dak Prescott goes to receives a commission.
In an interview Monday with Sports activities Illustrated’s Mike Fisher, legendary Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman said he “strongly believes” it’s a matter of when — not if — Prescott inks a profitable long-term extension to stay in Dallas.
“I like Dak Prescott,” Aikman stated, by way of Professional Soccer Discuss. “I like all the pieces about him. . . . I’m not saying something the Cowboys don’t already know. They’ll pay him. He’s going to make some huge cash, and I feel he’s going to be the quarterback for the Cowboys for a protracted, very long time and proceed to have a fantastic profession.”
Aikman hedged his assertion by permitting that Prescott’s riches, at the least in 2020, might come from his $31.Four million unique franchise tag quite than a multi-year megadeal.
However the overarching level the Corridor-of-Famer is making an attempt to ascertain, is that Dak received’t be donning one other group’s colours any time quickly.
“I’ve been shocked that there was a lot dialogue about his contract,” Aikman stated, per Professional Soccer Discuss. “It’s not like he’s not going to be taking part in for the Cowboys in 2020. Whether or not he’s franchised or he has a deal, he’s going to be right here taking part in and finally a deal will get completed. So, it’s not excessive on my checklist of issues I have a look at the league and what’s occurring with the opposite 31 groups.”
In keeping with ESPN’s Todd Archer, the Cowboys presently have a suggestion on the desk that will make Prescott the game’s second-highest-paid signal-caller, behind Seattle’s Russell Wilson, at greater than $34 million yearly. The proposal consists of ensures “on par” with Rams QB Jared Goff’s record-setting $110 million, per Archer.
Size stays the most important (solely?) roadblock stopping an settlement; Prescott reportedly prefers a four-year pact whereas the Cowboys are holding agency for a five-year dedication.
The edges have till July 15 to work out an settlement. Failing that, Prescott might be compelled to play out the season on his franchise tender, which he’s but to signal.
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Dak Named ‘Greatest Potential Distraction’ for 2020
There are two faculties of thought relating to Prescott: Pay the person or let him rot (on the franchise tag). However there’s one incontrovertible fact about his ballyhooed contract standoff: It’s unimaginable to disregard, particularly in an offseason as distinctive as this yr.
For that cause, and for that cause solely, Bleacher Report has grouped Prescott among the many NFL’s “greatest potential distractions” forward of the 2020 common season.
Through Kristopher Knox:
Dak Prescott’s agent has denied studies the quarterback turned down a five-year deal from the Dallas Cowboys, in response to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Nonetheless, the very fact stays that no deal is in place, and the franchise-tagged signal-caller has but to signal his tender.
This implies a holdout is feasible, which might have an apparent influence on Dallas’ season. That’s doubtless why the Cowboys had been fast to offer veteran Andy Dalton a one-year, $three million deal after he was launched by Cincinnati.
Dalton is a high quality little bit of insurance coverage for the Cowboys, however he does signify a large step again from what Prescott was in 2019—Prescott threw for 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns. If he isn’t with the group when the season begins, Dallas’ playoff hopes could possibly be in jeopardy.
Nonetheless, even when Prescott does signal his franchise tender and begin the season underneath middle, his future in Dallas will stay a distraction. The one manner the Cowboys are going to keep away from it’s by getting a long-term deal completed earlier than the July 15 deadline.
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