Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has acknowledged that quarterback Dak Prescott has leverage in his contract talks as he hopes the team will be able to reach a long-term deal with the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback. The Cowboys couldn't reach a long-term deal with Prescott in the offseason so the quarterback played this season under a franchise tag that paid him $31.4 million Prescott was seeking a five-year contract but the Cowboys were willing to give a four-year contract and pay the quarterback around $34.5 million per year.
"I don't know how you could have any more leverage," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. ".. His evolving into an NFL quarterback has been nothing short of a perfect picture. He has great ability, in my mind, to win games.
He's talented. He certainly has the experiences and he has all the things, which has been substantiated by what we've offered Dak. You wouldn't offer Dak what we offered in the past if you'd not thought he was very special.
The issue is, how do you come together? And that's no stranger to me. I've been doing it all my life, putting things together. We've got to get it together."
Prescott could play another season under a franchise tag
The Cowboys and Prescott will be allowed to continue contract talks after this season ends.
If the Cowboys elect to again put Prescott under a franchise tag, the quarterback would be paid $37.7 million. "We have a certain amount, period, that can be paid to players every year. It's a very competitive thing, and the longer the term, the more flexibility you've got in any numbers that you have in a contract," Jones said to the team's flagship network.
"The planning ahead, the looking at what you can spend, what you can give on any other free agents, that's your overall planning." Unfortunately, Prescott suffered a season-ending injury in Week 5 against the New York Giants.
"He's here every day going through rehab. He's making progress, and just as you'd expect, he's going after it full speed," Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said of Prescott's recovery. "So as far as the timeline, I don't have the specifics on when he's going to be doing on-the-field work and dates and things like that.
I don't have that for you. But I do know based on the plan for his surgery and what he's supposed to be doing and where he is, everything is right on course."