Cowboys owner Jones says QB Dak Prescott has leverage in contract talks
Following a dismal 6-10 season, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said that his star quarterback Dak Prescott is in a good position of leverage regarding contract negotiations. To his point, the Cowboys won just four of the 11 games that Prescott missed due to a season-ending ankle injury in a 37-34 home win in Week 5 over the New York Giants.
“I don’t know how you could have any more leverage,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. “… His evolving into an NFL quarterback has been nothing short of a perfect picture. He has great ability, in my mind, to win games. He’s talented. He certainly has the experiences and he has all the things, which has been substantiated by what we’ve offered Dak. You wouldn’t offer Dak what we offered in the past if you’d not thought he was very special. The issue is, how do you come together? And that’s no stranger to me. I’ve been doing it all my life, putting things together. We’ve got to get it together.”
Previously, Dallas offered Prescott a deal with a $34.5 million average per year along with a $50 million signing bonus and $110 million in total guarantees. The largest disconnect was the contract’s length, according to sources. The Cowboys have wanted to sign Prescott to a five-year deal while Prescott’s agent Todd France has angled for a four-year commitment due to an expected salary cap increase from impending television contracts following the fourth year of his deal.
The Cowboys will have a decreased salary cap this season due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the team should have around $25 million of unused money from this past season. If both sides cannot reach a deal, the team could sign Prescott under another franchise tag, but the move would cost $37.7 million and an approximate $30 million hit against the salary cap to keep Prescott in Dallas for the 2021 season.
Before his injury, Prescott, 27, was on track to complete the best statistical season of his career. He had thrown for 1,856 yards and 9 touchdowns against 4 interceptions in a 2-3 start to the season. Prescott also ran for 93 yards and 3 touchdowns during the five-game stretch. For more sports coverage, click here.