With such team-friendly deals, the Dallas Cowboys do not need enemies.
Todd France, agent of quarterback Dak Prescott, has announced a deal in the order of $ 34 million a year, according to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star Telegram .
It is unclear whether this is an opener, a bottom-line position, or something in between. Presumably it reflects the new money average of an extension and not the total value at signing.
Prescott's fourth-round rookie deal complicates these discussions as he does not expect his own debt in 2019, with a below-market salary of $ 2.025 million. The Cowboys, however, do not want to turn the current deal on its head and start from scratch, as if Prescott had ended his rookie contract, even though the cowboys have made quite a bargain in the last three years.
Consider this: Prescott will receive a $ 138 million five-year contract for an annual average of $ 34 million in new money on a four-year extension. That gives the deal an average of $ 27.6 million in signing, which puts Prescott just $ 100,000 a year ahead of 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who did not do much in comparison to Prescott during Garoppolo's time in the NFL.
That's why the new money The analysis used by the NFL Players Association to evaluate contract renewals should be dropped in favor of analyzing those contracts: all new contracts written and executed from scratch. s) on the existing deal, and that's fine. But Prescott will be unreasonable if the media and the public rate its proposal at $ 34 million a year. It seems more reasonable to consider the contract falling between Garoppolo ($ 27.6 million a year on signing) and Kirk Cousins ($ 28 million a year on signing) if he is not team-friendly.
Let's say Prescott wanted $ 29 million a year on a five-year contract. Given the current market, that's not a ridiculous request. However, the five-year contract of $ 145 million would mean a four-year extension of $ 143 million. That's $ 35.75 million in new money a year, the richest contract extension in league history.
It's unclear if the cowboys are near Prescott's stadium and if Prescott would give up what he wants once the cowboys have made their best offer The Table. But Prescott always maintains the ability to follow the path of the cousins, forcing the Cowboys to mark Prescott twice and becoming a free agent after six seasons at the age of 28.
At some point, an elite quarterback will play hardball and want more than the team will pay. And the elite quarterback will follow suit stricken by cousins, a decidedly non-elite quarterback. Then we'll find out what an elite quarterback on the right of 30 can bring to the open market.
Spoiler Alert: It will be considerably more than any other quarterback has ever received.