Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott wants a rather sizable pay increase on his next contract. According to Jane Slater of NFL.com, Prescott’s asking price is $40 million per year.
That seems like an incredibly steep price for someone who has never won an MVP, played in a conference championship game, or Super Bowl. The highest paid player ever will be Dak Prescott? Yet, a tweet from newly-minted Pro Football Hall of Famer Gil Brandt may paint a different picture:
While Prescott’s raw numbers will not stack up with bigger name quarterbacks, he has been able to put together a rather productive early leg of his career. Let’s take this one step further.
Per Spotrac (and Prescott’s estimated ask) here are the top five quarterbacks based on annual salary heading into the 2019 season:
- Russell Wilson, Seattle, $35 million
- Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh, $34 million
- Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay, $33.5 million
- Carson Wentz, Philadelphia, $32 million
- Matt Ryan, Atlanta, $30 million
The first three guys are Super Bowl winners; Wentz probably would have won the 2017 NFL MVP if not for an untimely knee injury; and Matt Ryan won the 2016 NFL MVP and was just plays away from winning a Super Bowl.
Prescott doesn’t have the gaudy accolades of those quarterbacks…except one. Wentz, who was drafted the same year as Prescott in 2016, has played all 16 games in a regular season once and right or wrong, has not played in a playoff game yet.
Meanwhile, Prescott has won more division titles (2); more games (32 to 23); and competed in three playoff games to Wentz’s zero.
While it seems hard to fathom that Prescott will reach that $40 million milestone, a deal more than Wentz’s and closer to Wilson’s price tag seems like a more likely scenario.
Of course, the Philadelphia Eagles may think the Cowboys are playing right into their hands by signing Prescott to a porous contract, which would potentially disrupt the fiscal sanity of the Cowboys.
If Prescott’s desired salary is accurate, can you blame him for asking? As crazy as it sounds, he has a clear case to get more than Wentz.
Yet, $40 million? That’s a bridge that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones may not be willing to cross.