When the conversation of “Elite” quarterbacks comes up, a few names pop into my head.
Patrick Mahomes, who just won a Super Bowl, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, and one Russell Wilson who certainly deserves to be named in that list.
He is technically now the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL.
I would say that is a solid list so far, right?
Well, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, or at least Cowboys fans, believe Prescott is in the “elite” discussion.
With a contract negotiation still going with the Cowboys, one asks the question; Is Dak a top-five quarterback and does he deserve to be the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL surpassing Russell Wilson?
The answer is no.
Now look, no one can really determine how much a franchise quarterback will make in the few years. Right now, no one knows exactly how big the salary cap will be.
The NFL will be negotiating new broadcast deals in 2021 and 2022. The expectation is the salary cap will grow.
A whole lot.
Prescott's agent is smart and is trying to bake it into the latter half of his client's new deal.
The expectation right now is that Prescott will eventually sign a new deal at some point, just depends on how long and how much for both parties.
But there is one concerning stat that separates quarterbacks like Wilson and Brady from Prescott.
He stumbles against elite competition.
In his rookie season in 2016, Prescott was exceptional against teams with an above-.500 record. In the four years since, however, Prescott has been not as stellar against the better squads in the league.
Since then, his touchdown-to-interception ratio is 25-25 and his record as a starter is 6-17. Last year, he had an 8/8 TD/INT ratio and the Cowboys went 1-6 against teams with an above-.500 record.
It is great that Prescott can beat teams that are below .500 ( has a career record of 29-5) but against tougher competition, Prescott is not the guy to lead the team.
Cowboys fans think he deserves to pay more than Russell Wilson.
If we look at Wilson’s numbers against elite competition, you know he has always been up for the challenge.
Wilson has a career record of 26-21 against winning teams, with having a 11/4 ratio and a 4-4 record against above .500 teams last year.
His record all-time against teams who are 8+ games over .500? He is 6-0.
Oh and let’s not forget, in his second year in the NFL he brought a Super Bowl to Seattle.
When the pressure is on to get a win for your team, statistical speaking, Wilson is your guy.
Granted, Prescott is still only 26 years old and has time to develop. But with the weapons surrounding him such as Elliot and Cooper, and an offensive line that is one of the best in the league, can the Cowboys relay on him long term to get the job done?
That question still remains.
Most likely, the Cowboys will pay the man his money ( likely making him the highest-paid QB) based on the new TV contracts on the way.
But to categorize him as “elite” or even in the same realm of quarterback talent as say a Russell Wilson is laughable.
The Cowboys have to gamble at this moment on whether or not he is the man for the job. And if your team still has those questions in the air, how can they even call you an elite quarterback?
It is safe to say that you never have to worry about that when Wilson takes the field.
He has the numbers to prove it.
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