Jerry Jones said he’d make Dak Prescott a very wealthy man and the Dallas Cowboys owner re-signed his starting quarterback to a four-year deal worth $160 million, plus a signing bonus worth $66 million, which sets a new NFL record.
Dak got the bag. A big one. But now that he got paid as the second-highest paid quarterback in the league behind Patrick Mahomes, there’s extreme expectations on Prescott to deliver the Dallas Cowboys their first Super Bowl victory in 25 years.
The Cowboys won the Super Bowl five times, but have not won a championship since the 1995 season when they won Super Bowl XXX. Only the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots won more Super Bowls than the Cowboys more with six each.
The new deal for Prescott also includes a guaranteed $126 million. He also has a no-trade clause, which gives him power to veto any trade to an undesirable team.
“I’m excited as hell to be a Dallas Cowboy,” Prescott said during training camp last season.
Prescott turns 28 this summer. He’ll be 31-years old and in his prime at the end of this deal. He earned only $36 million in salary and incentives during his first five seasons, but he took home $31.4 million in 2020.
Now that the Cowboys paid Prescott to be the man alongside Zeke Elliot, they’ll have to surround him with top-notch players on both offense and defense. The Cowboys practically have to address their porous defense. They had the fifth-worst defense in the league that allowed 29.5 points per game.
Starkville to Dallas
Prescott played his collegiate ball at Mississippi State. The Bulldogs were not among the elite teams in the SEC, but Prescott made Mississippi State competitive. In 49 games, he threw 70 touchdowns, rushed for 41 more touchdowns, and added three touchdown receptions.
The Dallas Cowboys selected Prescott with a fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Since then, the Cowboys are 42-27 with Prescott under center at quarterback.
“I grew up wanting to be a Dallas Cowboy, and I am,” Prescott told The Athletic last August. “And I’ve got dreams of being a Dallas Cowboy till I’m done throwing the football.”
During his tenure with the Dallas Cowboys, Prescott tossed 106 touchdowns and rushed for 24 more TDs. He threw at least 22 touchdowns in his first four seasons with a career-high 30 touchdowns in 2019.
Prescott eyes Tony Romo’s career record of 208 touchdowns with the Cowboys. But Romo could never deliver a Super Bowl.
Road to Recovery
The Cowboys lost Prescott in Week 5 against the New York Giants due to a season-ending injury. He suffered a dislocated ankle and compound fracture in a gruesome injury. Through five games, Prescott threw nine touchdowns for 1856 yards and four interceptions.
Without Prescott, the Cowboys finished the season 6-10. As bad as they played, the Cowboys were still in the thick of a division title and playoff berth in the worst division in the NFL. Washington Football Team won the NFC East with a 7-9 record.
It’s amazing that Prescott is expected to have a full recovery despite the severity of the injury. It’s even more amazing that he still got re-signed to a lucrative contract. Then again, there’s not many high-quality quarterbacks on the market these days.
Dak Prescott injured on this play.
His ankle is pointing in the wrong direction.
Cowboy or not, hate to see that happen to any player.
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— DIE-HARD ???? Fans (@Eaglesfans9) October 11, 2020