Can Dak be worth the money?
Writer: Jameson White
This offseason, the Dallas Cowboys have been busy coming up with the right salary numbers to retain their players on expiring contracts. With various rumors swirling about potential extensions being given to Amari Cooper and Ezekiel Elliott, after just paying Demarcus Lawerence to be a franchise pass-rusher, there are questions about what the number will be to pay franchise quarterback Dak Prescott; possibly around $34 million. Is he even worth this?
First of all, being a franchise quarterback more than likely means you will be the most expensive player on the team. In most cases, the quarterback being paid isn’t necessarily worth the amount of money they are being paid, however, teams operate on a “fear of loss” basis, meaning that they obviously do not want to go through the trouble of finding another leader of the offense. This term is especially true for the Dallas Cowboys, as they have such a glamorous history of having star quarterbacks. Back in the early 2000s, before Tony Romo, they had their first real taste of “lost years,” as they were recovering from the retirement of Troy Aikman. With Jerry Jones still remembering the hopeless feeling he had then, there is no way that he would let an adequate quarterback like Prescott get away without having a serviceable quarterback to replace him.
The next subject will be referring back to the aforementioned adequacy. Behind Dak Prescott on the depth chart is 4th year quarterback Cooper Rush and second year quarterback Mike White. Neither of these players have started an NFL game, making it highly unlikely that they have a remote shot at displacing Dak, and with this years NFL Draft already being concluded, there won’t be a drafted rookie coming in to compete at training camp.
While Dak Prescott may not have the impressive intangibles as Carson Wentz, the arm strength of Patrick Mahomes, the speed of Russell Wilson, or the accolades of Aaron Rodgers, the fact that he has consistently won games at the professional level, given the Dallas offense the element of a runner behind center, and that he has yet to turn 26 years old means that he will be paid like these previously mentioned quarterbacks. Couple this in with Dak receiving a new offensive coordinator and a new position coach at such a young age and there is definitely reason for optimism. Love him or hate him, Dak Prescott will be wearing the star on his helmet for years to come; almost certainly doing so with one of the richest contracts in NFL history.