Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he has no regrets over giving Dak Prescott a massive extension last offseason. 13 months ago, Prescott signed a four-year, $160 million extension with $126 million in guaranteed money.
“When I look at what has happened since we’ve done (Dak’s) contract, the reps, the way Dak has evolved, what we’re doing in here to look for players to complement what he does the best,” Jones said, per USA Today.
“That’s who, in my mind, we’re complementing whether we’re blocking them out, whether we’re basically trying to get him some field position. So yes, we’re glad we got him”. This offseason, the quarterback market has been reset after Deshaun Watson signed a five-year, fully guaranteed $230 million deal with the Cleveland Browns.
Also, Aaron Rodgers signed a three-year, $150 million extension wth the Green Bay Packers. “I’m proud we have it,” Jones said of Prescott’s contract. “Deshaun’s contract was a big one. Just reinforces that it just takes one or two teams to really covet a player and they really get those numbers on up there”.
Prescott doing well with his shoulder
Prescott sustained a shoulder injury just before the start of the last season but he still threw 4,449 passing yards and a career-high 37 passing touchdowns for the Cowboys in 2021.
“It’s great, I can do everything with it,” Prescott said last month. I'm fine. I’m right there. Obviously, I didn’t get to throw quite as quickly as I wanted to, dealing with this. But where I am, I’m [rehabbing it] a couple of times a week, and I will increase that as time goes forward."
This offseason, Prescott lost wide receiver Amari Cooper. The Cowboys decided Cooper wasn't worth $20 million per year and traded him to the Browns this offseason. Recently, Jones explained why the team moved on from Cooper.
"We had to look hard at the 10 or 11 players who are getting two-thirds of the money," Jones said of the decision to part ways with Cooper, per the team's website. "We have to make sure every one those players are pulling as much weight as you can because of the economic emphasis.
... At the end of the day, it is a financial allocation toward the talent, and you've got to consider availability, and that sometimes departs from the best route runner."