Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants Dak Prescott here for the long term
The Dallas Cowboys shocked the NFL when they traded for former No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance over a week ago. The move to acquire Lance was a little shocking but made sense in a backup perspective and potentially for the future depending on Dak Prescott’s situation.
But on Tuesday, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made it clear the team wants Prescott around for the long term.
Per ESPN reported Todd Archer, Jones told 105.3 The Fan that the Dallas Cowboys are expecting Dak to be with the team for a long time:
Jerry Jones reiterated on 105.3 The Fan, “We expect Dak to be with us a long time," with Prescott's deal expiring after 2024 and carrying a $59.4 million cap figure next year.
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) September 5, 2023
Will Dak Prescott get a new deal with the Dallas Cowboys?
Prescott’s time in Dallas has been up and down as he’s shown he can be one of the top 10 quarterbacks in the league. However, he hasn’t won the big game in the playoffs as the Cowboys have fallen short recently, losing to San Francisco in back-to-back years.
With the quarterback market heating up, Prescott’s number could hit over $40M per year per Jeff Howe of The Athletic. Howe also reported that the two sides have had early talks:
Linebacker Micah Parsons will be eligible for an extension after the season. Wide receiver CeeDee Lamb is eligible now and on the books for his fifth-year option in 2024. Running back Tony Pollard is playing this season on the franchise tag, and guard Zack Martin is holding out because of his contract.
All the while, quarterback Dak Prescott’s cap number balloons from $26.8 million in 2023 to $59.455 million in 2024, which is also the final year of his deal.
The Cowboys and Prescott have already had early discussions about a new deal, according to a league source. It doesn’t sound like anything is imminent, but there’s obvious motivation for the team to knock down that 2024 cap hit while they address potentially massive extensions for Parsons and Lamb.
There’s a very real possibility the Cowboys will eventually be rostering a quarterback who is earning at least $40 million annually, the highest-paid defensive player in league history and a receiver whose deal could be in the range of $25 million to $30 million per year.
That’s an interesting report seeing that the Cowboys will have to pay CeeDee Lamb and Micah Parsons as well. But if there’s a franchise that can make this work, it’s certainly the Cowboys.
Despite Jones saying this, it does feel like a big year for Prescott in terms of proving the doubters wrong and landing a big deal. But can he come through and win the big game for the franchise?