It’s truly amazing how the Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott have danced around for so long in regards to his new contract.
Recently, there was a report that Dak will sign a $31.4 million franchise tag with Dallas by Monday.
Obviously, the 26-year old slinger wants a bigger deal, but many might wonder where he intends to play in 2021 and beyond.
However, despite a few teams still in need of a QB for the long-term future, I predict Prescott will remain a Cowboy for a while.
There are a few reasons for that.
Dak Prescott is on a team with some of the best weapons in the sport.
At running back he has Ezekiel Elliott who rushed for over 1,300 yards and a dozen touchdowns for the Boys.
At wide receiver, Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb can torch a defense.
Cooper inked a five-year, $100 million contract ($60 million guaranteed) with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason after posting 79 catches and over 1,100 yards.
The Alabama product also had eight TD receptions in 2019.
Lamb was taken with the 17th overall pick in this year’s draft out of the University of Oklahoma.
Last season, Lamb tallied 62 catches for over 1,300 yards and a personal-best 14 touchdowns. He also rushed for a score.
The Cowboys have some young and very talented pieces who should be around for a while and if they continue to develop a friendship with Dak Prescott, it might help in contract negotiations.
The NFC East isn’t chock-full of world-beaters as the New York Giants and Washington Redskins are coming off a combined 7-25 campaign in 2019.
Both clubs have new head coaches after letting go of Pat Shurmur and Jay Gruden/Bill Callahan this offseason, respectively.
The Philadelphia Eagles have some issues to work on as well.
Philly wants to create more of an effective offense after ranking 14th in that category a season ago.
The Eagles are also hoping they could get better production out of their secondary after acquiring cornerback Darius Slay from Detroit.
All the Leverage
If Dallas wants to keep Dak Prescott they will need to shell out some big bucks to retain him.
The Cowboys don’t want to be one of the few teams without a QB for the future.
Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Denver, Indianapolis, and New England might go after a quarterback next offseason, but that depends on how things go with their current quarterback group.
Jacksonville would have the biggest need for a quarterback, but they feel comfortable giving Gardner Minshew a chance to showcase his talents yet again in 2020. If all goes well, maybe they will pass on trying to get Clemson stud Trevor Lawrence in next year’s draft.
It’s hard to imagine a lot of teams chasing after Dak if he hits the open market because he would want a mega-deal and some clubs can only spend a certain amount.
Besides, does Prescott really want to be with Chicago in the tough NFC North?
Does he bolt for Cleveland if they ditch Baker Mayfield? The AFC North has powerful defenses in Pittsburgh and Baltimore.
The demand for a franchise QB isn’t really there right now, which means Dallas should have a vast majority of the leverage.
Dak Prescott will most likely remain one of the faces of the Cowboys where his brand will continue to expand.
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