Former NFL QB Suggests QB Dak Prescott Should Take Less Money To Play Since He’s In Dallas

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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.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. If taking less money means more money is spent on an O-line to protect me, and on another good receiver or two, hell yes, take less money.

    Seriously, what is the difference between 30 million and 33 million a year? He’s already made so much money that he could retire today and live an incredible life, doing whatever he wants. This idea that how much a QB makes determines his standing in the NFL is asinine. Eff your ego – do whatever it takes to win a Super Bowl, because THAT is what people will remember. They won’t remember that at one point in time, you were the highest paid QB…for a year.

  2. He should take less money than what he seeks because he is not as good as he thinks. He continues to be gassed up by his agent. If the wheeling-dealing, jet-flying, overspending Jerry Jones is unwilling to pay what you offer, the universe is telling you something. Nevertheless, I love this saga.

  3. If anything the injury and the subsequent downgrade to Andy Dalton proved that Dak is probably a better starting QB than most of us thought. But he’s still not Mahomes or Rodgers.

    I mean it’s not my money I’m spending and I’m not a retarded GM who knows about salary cap economics…but I’d offer something close to the franchise tag number over 4 years.

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