With the Cowboys watching, the Eagles have signed quarterback Carson Wentz to a four year $128 million contract extension that keeps him in Philly until 2024.
He receives $66 million at the signing and $107.9 million guaranteed through the contract. Now the question isn’t whether or not the Cowboys will sign Dak Prescott, the question is WHEN the Cowboys will sign Dak Prescott.
With each passing day, the price on Prescott goes up, due to the increase in the salary cap each season. Dak has proven to be a solid starting quarterback in the NFL, leading his team into the playoffs twice in his young career already. But is he worth $30 million per season?
Some say yes, some say no, but the Cowboys front office believe Dak is the answer and QB of the future, and they will be willing to open up the checkbook in order to keep the former 4th round draft pick in charge.
Now if the team decides to wait until next offseason, the price on Prescott’s contract will be much higher if he goes out and excels under new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. Moore has stepped in and will likely be the X factor for the offense this season with weapons that include 3-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper, Randall Cobb, Michael Gallup, the ever young Jason Witten, and 2-time leading rusher Ezekiel Elliott. If Prescott takes the next step in his career and leads this team to back to back division wins, something that hasn’t been done in over a decade, the pressure will be on the Cowboys to sign the young star.
In Dak’s career, he has 85 total touchdowns, 10,000 passing yards, and 944 rushing yards. He’s averaging 6 rushing touchdowns per season at 5 yards per carry, scoring 18 times in his career on the ground. He has yet to reach 4,000 yards passing in a single season, however, setting a career high with 3885 yards in the air in 2018. He isn’t the flashiest passer, the most accurate, or have the strongest arm, but what he offers is leadership and experience even though he in the 4th season of his career. He has also finished in the top 10 twice in completion percentage in 2016 and 2018, completing over 67% of his passes both years, reaching the Pro Bowl both years as well.
The time is now for Dallas. The team needs to find a way to sign Prescott before he demands over $30 million per season. One way they can convince him to sign is to give him more guaranteed money than Wentz in order to please Dak. A contract extension offer would look like this if I were Jerry or Stephen Jones: 4 years for $110 million fully guaranteed. Wentz just received $107.9 million guaranteed, and if the Cowboys try and play it smart, they will make it to where Dak will get more guaranteed but less per season to help with the salary cap, which means more money for other players.
The Cowboys are on the clock now, and time is slowly running out to sign their franchise quarterback.