Former Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott has reportedly turned down a historical $175 million dollar contract that would leave him tied as the highest paid player in NFL history.
Some would call it greed, others would call it ignorant. Nonetheless, NBC Sports reports that Dak Prescott has turned down an offer to become tied as the highest paid player in NFL history.
Apparently $175 million dollars isn’t enough for the 2X Pro Bowl passer. Now, the obvious question is why? Well, Chris Simms of NBC Sports says that Dak wants an extra $10 million.
“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…”
In other words, Prescott is holding out for a 4-year deal, but Dallas wants to lock him in at 5 years. Now, Prescott isn’t totally against the 5-year contract, but also wants an extra $10 million if he plans to do so.
The Cowboys are unsure what the maximum price of an NFL quarterback will be in 2025, so they’re willing to throw big bucks to keep him in town when the time comes; however, an extra $10 million may be a little much.
Despite the outrageous denial, Simms does go on to say that he believes that Prescott is worth the $45 million.
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.
Is Dak Prescott worth it?
In four years with the Cowboys, Dak has accumulated over 15,000 yards and 97 touchdowns through the air. He’s also added another 1,221 and 12 touchdowns on the ground.
He’s currently the 6th leading passer in Dallas history and finished 2nd in passing in the entire NFL last season.
Prior to Prescott becoming a Cowboy, the franchise had only reached the playoffs in 2 seasons from 2008-2015. But since he’s taken over, Dallas has achieved 2 playoff appearances within the last 4 years.
It’s evident that Dak has quite the leverage, as he brings a lot to the table. He also knows that Jerry Jones would like to avoid a dreaded quarterback search in the future.
All of these things have manifested into a $10 million dollar raise.
Will the Cowboys give it to him? Probably.
However, since the reports surfaced, Prescott and the Cowboys have refuted the claims, saying that the assertions are false.
But whether it’s true or not, I’m sure we’ll see Dak with a $45 million dollar contract. After all, what other options do they have?