Dak Prescott

You won’t believe how much money Dak Prescott turned down from the Cowboys

You won’t believe how much money Dak Prescott turned down from the Cowboys

Being tied for the highest-paid player in NFL history isn’t enough for Dak Prescott.

He wants more.

Prescott, who’s won one playoff game in his four NFL seasons, has turned down a historic contract offer from the Cowboys worth $175 million over five years.

That’s according to former NFL quarterback Chris Simms of Mornings of NBC Sports and host of Pro Football Talk Live during an appearance on Dallas radio station 105.3 KRLD-FM.

Simms said Prescott turned down a deal that would have been worth an average of $35 million per year, which would match Russell Wilson’s average or $35 million per year signed a year ago. 

I know from some people who are in the know that he’s been offered five years, $175 million,” Simms said. “He wants a four-year deal. If they do agree to the five-year deal they would like a really big number at the end of that fifth year to kind of cover their butts for what the market might be at the position five years from now and I’ve heard he’s asking for somewhere north of $45 million in that fifth year and again I just want to say take the $35 million a year, you’re the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, your life is not going to be that much different if you have $175 million in the bank as compared as $185 million. In fact, it’s not going to be different at all. Unless you’re looking to make gold-plated bathroom toilets or something like that. I do think he’s worth it, he’s a franchise quarterback in my opinion, and he has a lot of the intangibles that make you feel that way as long as what he does on the field.

Prescott and the Cowboys have been trying to agree on terms of a long-term deal, but for now the Cowboys used their franchise tag, which would pay him $31.4 million for 2020.

Because he was originally a fourth-round pick, Prescott made only $2,723,393 million in his first four seasons. His $680,848 salary last year made him the NFL’s 76th-highest-paid quarterback, below players such as Easton Stick, Kyle Sloter and Alex Tanney.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport refuted the report Thursday afternoon.

Prescott is 40-24 in his four years as the Cowboys’ starter with 97 touchdown passes and 36 interceptions. HIs 97.0 passer rating is 10th-highest in NFL history.

In eight starts against the Eagles, Prescott is 5-3 with eight TDs and seven interceptions. The Eagles beat the Cowboys 17-9 last December in a battle for the NFC East lead.

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Carson Wentz snubbed, Dak Prescott loved in wild new NFL Top 100 players ranking

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Carson Wentz snubbed, Dak Prescott loved in wild new NFL Top 100 players ranking

We're still waiting for one or two dominoes to fall - including right here in Philadelphia - but the "big moves" portion of the NFL's offseason is largely over.

Which means it's time for NFL analysts and experts to start looking in earnest at 2020, including sorting through who we expect to have big seasons.

Over at CBS Sports, Pete Prisco tossed together a tried-and-true list ranking the 100 best players in the league for next season. Six Eagles players landed on the list, a solid representation for a potential playoff team, but there was one glaring ommission that Philly fans probably want to have a talk about:

No Carson Wentz.

Seriously.

The list included 10 quarterbacks, from Patrick Mahomes at No. 1 overall to Kirk Cousins - yep, he's on the list - at No. 86, but Wentz is left off.

It's a bold (is bold the right word?) choice that turns downright disrespectful when you scroll to No. 46, where you'll find Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.

Prisco begins his Prescott explanation by citing his nearly 5,000 yards, as if volume stats like cumulative yards indicate a QB's quality. Prescott had a great 2019 - but so did Wentz, throwing just three fewer TDs and four fewer INTs. Let's look at their careers to date:

Prescott: 1.51 TD/game, 0.56 INT/game, 7.6 yds/attempt, 65.8% completion

Wentz: 1.73 TD/game, 0.62 INT/game, 6.9 yds/attempt, 63.8% completion

Over the course of a 16-game season, Wentz averages 3.5 more touchdowns and one more interception than Prescott. The completion percentage gap is negligible, and Prescott wins the yards-per-attempt battle, which would likely be much closer if Wentz had been able to make use of deep threat DeSean Jackson for more than one game in 2019.

And these are just the stats. Let's not forget what Wentz did as a leader of a beleaguered football team en route to an improbable postseason berth, beating Prescott head-to-head, at the end of last season.

Wentz and Prescott are clearly two young and exciting quarterbacks that win games, and who any team would be thrilled to build around. That Prisco put Prescott at No. 46, and left Wentz out of the Top 100, is an obvious injustice, one likely built around perceived injury concerns that don't align with reality.

For what it's worth, here are the six Eagles included in the list:

30. Lane Johnson
54. Fletcher Cox
55. Brandon Brooks
68. Zach Ertz
76. Jason Kelce
96. Darius Slay

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NFL Free Agency: Eagles fans roast Cowboys for Dak Prescott franchise tag

NFL Free Agency: Eagles fans roast Cowboys for Dak Prescott franchise tag

Failing to reach a long-term agreement with the player you believe is your franchise's long-term quarterback?

Couldn't be the Eagles.

The Dallas Cowboys officially placed the exclusive franchise tag on Dak Prescott on Monday, a big moment in the year-plus negotiation struggle between Jerry Jones and Prescott's camp. Prescott has been seeking top-of-the-line money on a long-term contract, but the Cowboys seem... wary of giving him that, and Monday's move was just another sign that Jones is scared to pay Dak big bucks.

Eagles fans, of course, are glad to have franchise quarterback and Super Bowl champion Carson Wentz on a long-term deal that looks better with each passing signing -  just look at that Kirk Cousins money! - and now they're doubly happy to see their biggest rival floundering:

If the Cowboys don't sign Prescott to a long-term deal after this tag, he'll earn an average of the top five salaries at the QB position, but will also play through the season with a world of uncertainty.

It's a precarious position to be in, both for Prescott and for the Dallas front office, which is why Howie Roseman was so smart to lock Wentz up last offseason.

And with guys like Cousins (and soon Patrick Mahomes) racking up bigger contracts, Prescott's asking price is likely only going to climb, driving a wedge further between the two sides.

You hate to see it.

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