The Dallas Cowboys seem intent on keeping Dak Prescott as their quarterback, but it remains to be seen whether the two sides can reach an agreement on a long-term contract or if the Cowboys will be forced to place the franchise tag on Prescott.
The ball currently appears to be in Prescott’s court, as the Cowboys offered the 26-year-old a contract which would come with $105 million guaranteed and an average salary of $33 million, according to the Dallas Morning News. It’s unclear whether the reported guaranteed figure would be fully guaranteed at signing.
If Prescott accepts, the $33 million average would put him among the top five highest-paid players (all quarterbacks) in the NFL. The 2020 franchise tag for quarterbacks is projected to be about $27 million.
The Cowboys also met with wide receiver Amari Cooper, the Dallas Morning News reports, as Dallas is looking to keep all of its offensive stars after signing Ezekiel Elliott in September to a six-year, $90 million contract extension.
Prescott may have his sights set higher than what he’s been offered. Asked recently by Yahoo Sports if he sees himself as a $40 million-per-year quarterback, he said, “You tell me,” before adding, “If it’s my call to write [the check,] yeah, no telling. I mean, let’s be honest.”
There’s expected to be quite the quarterback carousel coming up in NFL free agency, with all eyes on Tom Brady. One of the few certainties seems to be Prescott remaining with Dallas, it’s just a matter of for how long and how much. Even if he does sign a long-term deal, his contract surely will be eclipsed by reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes.