Dak Prescott, Cowboys Eye Offseason Deal

Quarterback Prescott Delivers Historic Performances for Cowboys

by Zain ul Abedin
Dak Prescott, Cowboys Eye Offseason Deal
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Dak Prescott, the dynamic quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, is in the midst of what could be a career-defining season, potentially his first MVP-caliber campaign since the Clinton era. This exceptional performance seems poised for recognition and reward in the upcoming offseason.

During his Sunday segment on NFL GameDay Morning, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport revealed that Prescott and the Cowboys are anticipated to negotiate a long-term contract extension. This deal is expected to place Dak among the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league.

Such a move, while an explicit acknowledgment of Prescott's on-field prowess this season, also emerges as a strategic financial decision for the Cowboys. Prescott's current contract, a four-year agreement worth $160 million signed in 2021, positions him with a staggering $59.455 million salary-cap hit for 2024, the deal's final year.

This sizable cap burden could impede the Cowboys' flexibility in free agency, particularly as they consider extensions for emerging stars Micah Parsons and CeeDee Lamb. Therefore, initiating extension talks post-season becomes a logical step.

Prescott's Record-Breaking Form

Rapoport also highlighted a crucial timeline in Prescott's existing contract. Dak is set to receive a $5 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the new league year, suggesting that any extension would likely be finalized before this deadline.

Prescott's current deal includes clauses that prevent trade and the application of a franchise tag. Prescott's current form is arguably the best of his career, underscored by a remarkable three-touchdown showing in a prime-time victory against the Seahawks following his November NFC Offensive Player of the Month award.

The win over Seattle marked his sixth consecutive game with at least two touchdowns, a feat not seen in Cowboys history since 1970 over a similar span. In response to how it feels to silence his critics with recent performances, Prescott stated, "I understand nobody's opinion defines me; that's the great part about life, and that's the great opportunity that we all have, that people can say whatever they want, but you know I have the pen, I have the paper and I'm the one writing.

So, because I'm playing as well as I am now, that doesn't mean I will stop. It doesn't mean I'm going to listen to them now." Prescott's determination and skill on the field and strategic contract negotiations shape a promising future for the quarterback and the Dallas Cowboys.

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