Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott remains unsigned, and he’s being listed by many as the top available free agent for 2020.
Prescott’s rookie deal with the Cowboys is up, and the two sides are continuing to work hard towards a new contract. It was recently reported that the 26-year-old turned down a mega deal that would have paid him $33 million annually.
The Cowboys enter the offseason with approx. $77.297 million in cap space, per OvertheCap.com. Aside from Prescott, Pro Bowl wideout Amari Cooper and top cornerback Bryon Jones are also pending free agents.
Dallas stands to lose at least one of the three stars in free agency, unless one of them is willing to sign for below market value. In fact, one franchise icon believes Prescott should be doing just that.
Speaking on The Adam Lefkoe Show (h/t John Breech of CBS), Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith — who won three Super Bowls with the Cowboys in the ’90s — explained why Prescott should help the team out by taking a discount.
“Dak has to understand and maybe take another perspective,” Smith said. “The perspective may not be all the money you get, but how much of the money you’re willing to leave on the table, because the Cowboys are a marketable organization. If you’re the face of the franchise, instead of taking $35 (million), would you take $28 (million), and leave some for Amari and pick up the (lost money) through endorsements.”
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Quarterbacks are making more money than ever before, but notable players like Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger have often taken less money in order to help their teams out. Without a doubt, having Prescott take less to stay in Dallas would go a long way in helping them keep their championship-caliber core intact.
The Cowboys have recorded three winning seasons in Prescott’s first four years, including a pair of NFC East division titles. But they only have one playoff victory to show for it, and the Cowboys have missed the postseason in two of the last three years.
But Prescott has proven to be one of the game’s top young quarterbacks, and the Cowboys have most of the pieces in place to contend for a Super Bowl. It’d be a huge mistake to let him go in free agency, but as Smith pointed out, it would also help if Prescott took a little less to stay in Dallas.
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