Dak Prescott finally got the contract he wanted as Dallas gave him a massive 4 year $160 million deal. However, did Prescott get more than he deserved?
Shannon Sharpe seems to think so:
Dak Prescott has never won a Super Bowl, a Super Bowl MVP, a regular season MVP, is coming off a broken ankle and he got this kind of money. I think it goes to show you that Dak Prescott and his representative won this negotiation. https://t.co/bd3HhZ8vf5
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) March 9, 2021
Prescott’s deal gives him an average salary of $40 million, second highest in the NFL, and comes with a record breaking $126 million.
Shannon Sharpe does make a valid point here. Although Prescott is a very accomplished quarterback skill-wise, he hasn’t proven to be a winner.
However, Prescott’s deal may be less indicative of his play style and more about the quarterback market. Last year, we saw Patrick Mahomes cash in on a massive 10 year, $503 million deal, and then Deshaun Watson followed that up with a 4 year, $156 million deal.
The price of keeping a star quarterback around has simply gone up, and this is what takes to keep them around now. Last year, the Cowboys had franchise tagged Prescott. Knowing he could have walked, Dallas decided to break the bank for who they consider their franchise player.
Whether it’s worth it or not will only show itself in coming years.
Dak Prescott Deserves His New Contract
While Prescott still has a lot to accomplish, there’s no question he absolutely deserved this deal. Prescott was on a tear before his injury this past season, on pace to throw for 6,000 yards.
The year before that Prescott shined with almost 5,000 yards passing. With the additions of Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb in recent years, to go along with Michael Gallup, Prescott has a diverse set of receivers to throw to. That also excludes star running back Ezekiel Elliot, who may be reinvigorated by Prescott’s signing.
Therefore, Shannon Sharpe’s points are mute. If this is what it takes to pay a star quarterback, then you have to pay him. Otherwise, you either risk losing him entirely for nothing, or keep him around for less than he’s worth and create an uncomfortable environment.
Also, Prescott isn’t completely without his accomplishments. He’s been to two postseasons in four and quarter seasons as a starter and has been named to the Pro Bowl twice, a number that’s sure to go up next year. Additionally, playing with this kind of money will incentivize Prescott to play harder and win more, resulting in a better Dallas team for years to come.
I believe that Dak getting his money will re-energize Zeke. With Dak back and happy, you will have the best year you can get out of Ezekiel Elliott. More @Undisputed, now on FS1
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) March 9, 2021