By Alex Al-Kazzaz
It's been about two days since the NFL's deadline to sign players to long-term deals came about. The Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott failed to agree on a contract extension. As a result, Prescott will play under the franchise tag along with eleven other players in the league.
Prescott reportedly turned down a five-year, $175 million deal in May. In August of last year, Prescott turned down an offer that would have paid him $30 million per year. Prescott had made it clear that he wants a yearly pay of $40 million.
Many believe that failing to sign Prescott to a long-term deal is going to haunt the Dallas Cowboys. Others believe that Prescott is very undeserving of a massive contract and Dallas is better off moving on from him. At this point, there's nothing to do but wait and see how things play out this coming season.
Prescott said that he's a Cowboy and "couldn't be happier" indicating that he's planning to play this season under the franchise tag. Although Prescott put respectable statistical numbers last year, he and the Cowboys had a disastrous year. 2020 is his year to prove himself and prove to the world that he deserves to be paid the big dollars.
Prescott has four years under his belt. 97 touchdown passes, 36 interceptions, nearly 16,000 passing yards, 1,221 yards on the ground, and a 97.0 rating. His stats are respectable. He does have one playoff win on his resume. Furthermore, he holds numerous records in Cowboys franchise history. He's had some ups and downs and that's normal.
Is Prescott On His Way Out of Dallas?
If the 2020 season turns out to be disastrous for both Prescott and the Cowboys, then it's likely that Prescott will no longer be in Dallas. Prescott will need to perform strongly against good teams and lead Dallas to the NFC East title and to at least the NFC Championship to ensure that he will earn his big payday.
In Dallas' case, they need to be sure that they pay a quarterback that can help them succeed. They can't pay a quarterback that only puts up good performances against potentially weaker teams. The Cowboys need a franchise quarterback. They need a quarterback that can finally bring a Super Bowl title back to Dallas.