The offseason in the NFL has gotten underway for all but two teams, and one team that is already working on trying to figure out a strategy with its franchise quarterback is the Dallas Cowboys.
Dallas has to figure out a game plan to convince Dak Prescott, who went into last season playing under the franchise tag, to sign a multi-year deal.
Prescott played into the fourth game of the season before a horrific leg injury ended his year, and the team finished an abysmal 6-10.
It will be the second straight offseason that Prescott’s agents and the Cowboys sit down to try and hammer out a deal, but one former NFL quarterback says that Prescott better take a long look at the price he’s asking.
That former player is Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, who went on 105.3 The Fan on Thursday and said that Prescott should be willing to take LESS money to quarterback in Dallas.
“I love Dak’s game. I think he’s great. I think he shouldn’t shoot for the moon (on his next contract),” Palmer said on The Fan.
“Being the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, there’s a lot that comes with that financially. So, you don’t have to be the top-paid quarterback in the league. You can make as much as the top-paid quarterback in the league when you’re the Dallas Cowboys quarterback if you do take less. Because, if you win in Dallas, look at today’s television networks.
“You got Troy Aikman (Fox analyst), Jason Witten (former Monday Night Football analyst) and Tony Romo (CBS analyst) all on nationally televised games. Partially, because of their playing careers, but a majority of that is because they played for the Dallas Cowboys.
“They are a household name. You’ve seen Dak on tons of commercials and endorsements. You can make that same top-tier money if you’re Dak and you take a little bit less, and you keep all the players around you within the salary cap structure.”
There’s no question that there are certain advantages to being the starting quarterback of one of the highest profile teams in the NFL, but to suggest he take less money sounds like a huge risk.
Look at 2020 and how quickly his season came to a close. It’s also a bit presumptuous to suggest that Prescott can just waltz his way into a nationally televised gig whenever he wants.
From the way things sounded in contract talks a year ago, Prescott wants to get paid and get paid well by Dallas.
Once the two sides go back to the table to talk about it, we shall see what his demands are. If the Cowboys are wise, they will give him what he needs to stay around long term.