Cowboys' Dak Prescott turning down over $30M per season?


Bryant is no stranger to contract negotiations with Dallas and going head-to-head with the team's front office.

If the Dallas Cowboys had long-term vision, running back Ezekiel Elliott would be traded away, not handed a major contract extension.

We thought the Dallas Cowboys' looming contract extension puzzle was tricky before Monday's report from Jane Slater of NFL Media that QB Dak Prescott turned down an offer including $30 million annually as he seeks to be the NFL's first $40 million-per-year signal caller. That would mean more than $30 million per season for Prescott.

Yahoo Sports senior NFL writer Charles Robinson said on the latest edition of the NFL Podcast that if the Cowboys forced Prescott to bet on himself - i.e. he doesn't get a new deal before this season ends - and Prescott wins big - i.e. Dallas wins the Super Bowl - his agent would use $40 million as a starting point next year.

A PFT source quickly shot down the report, saying it is false based on either new money or total value at signing. Wilson agreed to a contract earlier this year that averages $35 million annually. Nobody actually believes Prescott deserves to be paid more than any other quarterback, and most would argue that he's not the same level of player as Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson or Carson Wentz, three of the highest-paid quarterbacks.

The Cowboys are straddled with the likelihood that they might have to overpay a quarterback who will never be at that level.

Whatever the number is, Prescott is expected to become the highest-paid player in team history but not the highest-paid player in National Football League history.

Prescott has started all 16 regular-season games for the Cowboys since 2016. Prescott was drafted in the fourth round, so the final year of his rookie deal has him making only $2.025 million in 2019.