According to Pro Football Talk, the report that QB Dak Prescott waits $40 million per year from the Cowboys is “all-caps false, under new-money standard or total value at signing analysis.”
- Jori Epstein also reports that Prescott seeking $40 million per year is “false.”
- ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is also reporting that Prescott is not seeking $40 million per year from Dallas and even the part about him turning down $30 million annually is “somewhat misleading.” Mortensen adds that the contract structure and guarantees are important in the context of an offer.
Instead, Slater says Prescott is seeking $40 million per year from the Cowboys in a long-term deal.
Slater explains that this is negotiating and the number is likely to end up closer to $34-$35 million when all is said and done. However, it’s clear that Prescott won’t be offering the Cowboys a “hometown discount.”
The Cowboys were reportedly optimistic about getting a long-term deal done with Prescott during training camp, but it appears as though there’s still a gap to be bridged in negotiations.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones previously made it clear that the team won’t balk on signing Prescott to a long-term deal.
“We’re sold on Dak, and we do want to have him for the long term,” Jones said via Pro Football Talk. “We think he’s worthy of investing in for the long term. . . .We see real upside in Dak. You don’t have it all yet.”
Prescott, 25, is a former fourth-round pick of the Cowboys back in 2016. He’s entering the final year of his four-year, $2.72 million contract and set to make a base salary of $720,000 for the 2019 season.
In 2018, Prescott appeared in all 16 games for the Cowboys and completed 67.7 percent of his passes for 3,885 yards to go along with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has also rushed for 305 yards and six touchdowns.
We’ll have more regarding Prescott and the Cowboys as the news is available.