In the not-to-distant future, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will sign his second contract as an NFL player. And when that happens, the phrase "one of the NFL's biggest bargains" will forever lose its connection with a player who has started every game of his NFL career (33-18 record), led his team to two playoff appearances, been selected to two Pro Bowls ... and whose salary ranked him 55th among NFL quarterbacks this past season.
That's right: 55th. Prescott, a fourth-round pick in 2016, had a cap hit of $725,848 last season, which ranked him behind 54 other NFL QBs, according to USA Today. Prescott has one year left on his 4-year, $2.72 million rookie contract.
Everyone knows Prescott is due for a big raise. The question is: How much? And based on comments he made before the Super Bowl, Prescott is not thinking "hometown discount."
“I think the team knows how to pay what’s deserved,” Prescott told USA Today, “and pay those other people at the same time what’s deserved without being frugal.”
"Those other people" are RB Ezekiel Elliott, WR Amari Cooper, DE Demarcus Lawrence and CB Byron Jones, all Pro Bowl selections like Prescott with contracts that expire soon (Lawrence played under the franchise tag in 2018).
Of all the BIG money quarterbacks — Packers' Aaron Rodgers at $33.5 million in 2018, Falcons' Matt Ryan at $30 million, Vikings' Kirk Cousins at $28 million — one name is missing from the 14 quarterbacks who were paid north of $20 million last season: Tom Brady, he of six Super Bowl victories, including his latest last week against the Rams. Brady was paid a cap-friendly $15 million in 2018.
No comparison, Prescott told USA Today. That's a two-income family.
“Nobody’s wife makes as much money as his wife does, either,” Prescott said.
Brady's wife is supermodel Gisele Bundchen, who earned $10 million in 2018, according to Forbes.
"When Tom Brady isn’t the breadwinner in the home, then that’s a great problem to have," Prescott said. “So in that case, he can do that. He can do his contract however you want to do it.”
In other words, the Cowboys can forget the hometown discount.
Prescott wants to remain a Cowboy, and the feeling is mutual. The two sides will have to work out the details. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones knows the landscape.“I think the market is what the market is,” Jones said, per USA Today. “We've all seen it. So, I think there's not really a lot to get a feel for in terms of knowing what it is. I think the contracts are out there for everybody to see.
"It's always good to be a quarterback, though. Especially one that wins, is a winner."