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Dak Prescott on critics: 'Almost comical'

2/8/2019 11:39:22 AM
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Dallas Cowboys quarterack Dak Prescott will be an unrestricted free agents in 2020.  

What does all this mean for Prescott as he looks to lock up an extension?

“I think the team knows how to pay what’s deserved,” Prescott told Jori Epstein of USA Today before the Super Bowl, “and pay those other people at the same time what’s deserved without being frugal.”

The Cowboys and Prescott, represented by NFL agent Todd France, will need to reach agreement on what exactly constitutes frugal.

Through three years, the Cowboys have enjoyed a bargain on their starting quarterback. The 2016 fourth-round pick's salary cap hit of $725,848 in 2018 ranked 55th among NFL passers. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ average annual value of $33.5 million clocks in just below 50 (49.2) times as expensive as Prescott’s ($680,848). Fourteen players at the position in total had cap figures in excess of $20 million last year.

Prescott’s wide range of endorsements (which include Adidas, Beats and Tostitos) supplement a salary modest by NFL terms. But as his first chance to negotiate an extension hits this spring, his team will ask: What is he worth?

Prescott doesn’t see Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s team-friendly deal, for which he made just $15 million last season, as a blueprint for his own.

“Nobody’s wife makes as much money as his wife does either,” Prescott said of Brady’s supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen, who earned $10 million in 2018 and $17.5 million in 2017, per reports. “When Tom Brady isn’t the breadwinner in the home, then that’s a great problem to have.

“So in that case, he can do that. He can do his contract however you want to do it.”

After that, executive vice president Stephen Jones said, there’s only so much leeway on contract details.

“I think the market is what the market is,” Jones said from Senior Bowl practices late January in Mobile, Alabama. “We've all seen it. So, I think, you know, there's not really a lot to get a feel for in terms of knowing what it is. I think the contracts are out there for everybody to see.

"It's always good to be a quarterback though. Especially one that wins, is a winner."

“People are going to question and I want them to,” Prescott said. “I don’t care. I am here where I am today because of the people always saying what I couldn’t or could do.

“It’s almost comical sometimes. if I hear it or allow myself to get involved in the talk, sometimes it’s comical. But I just keep going out there and just doing what I know I can do best.”

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