In the middle of a no-win contract negotiation with running back Ezekiel Elliott, the Dallas Cowboys are also dealing with quarterback Dak Prescott and his contract extension. The former fourth-round draft pick rejected the Cowboys offer of $30 million per year. To counter the offer, Prescott is seeking a contract extension worth roughly $40 million per year, which would make him the highest-paid quarterback in the league.
The public reaction to the $30 million offer from the Cowboys came with mixed results. Many were surprised by the willingness to immediately pay Prescott with other elite quarterbacks including Russell Wilson, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers and Carson Wentz.
Those five quarterbacks are the only five in the league to at least make an average of $30 million per year. Wilson is the highest-paid quarterback in the league with an average of $35 million per year. Prescott is demanding $40 million per year, well ahead of the other quarterbacks in the NFL.
When comparing the stats between those six quarterbacks since 2016, Prescott ranks fourth in passing yards and last in touchdowns. Prescott could easily be in last place in yards by a wide margin if Rodgers and Wentz played the same number of games as Prescott. Both missed significant times the past two seasons with nagging injuries.
Prescott has played nine more games than Rodgers and only leads him by 300 passing yards and is behind by 14 touchdowns. Prescott has played eight more games than Wentz and leads him by 800 passing yards and is behind by three touchdowns.
Where Prescott excels is dual-threat capabilities and responsibility with the ball. With 25 interceptions, he is second to last among those six, with Rodgers 15 interceptions being the fewest. Among the six quarterbacks here, Prescott is second in rushing yards at 944, trailing only Wilson at 1,221. But Prescott has 18 total rushing touchdowns since 2016, which annihilates the quarterbacks at this list, who have 19 total rushing touchdowns combined between the other five since 2016. Prescott does add a certain dynamic to the Cowboys offense: a dynamic that is limited due to the poor offensive scheme from the Cowboys coaching staff.
Does Prescott deserve $40 million per year? Arguably no player in the league deserves that much. Even an elite level player should recognize the financial sacrifice that has to be taken to maintain a reliable starting cast (i.e. Tom Brady). Prescott still might not even deserve $30 million per year, especially when other elite quarterbacks make in-between $20 million and $25 million.
The more realistic range for Prescott is $22 million. The demand for such a high amount is confusingly off-brand for a player of Prescott’s character. Prescott, Elliott and receiver Amari Cooper should be meeting and accepting a financial sacrifice to insure they’re able to be supplied with a supporting cast that can put them in the driver seat of the NFC.