In another example of how important the 2018 season is for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, he is switching agents, leaving Jeff Guerriero of ProSource Sports for Todd France and the mega talent conglomerate known as Creative Artists Agency (CAA), per sources.
The move has not yet been registered with the National Football League Players Association. Prescott must notify his agent and wait five days before the switch can be made official with the NFLPA.
But both Guerriero and France confirmed the switch.
Guerriero, based out of Monroe, La., has represented Prescott since he was a largely overlooked prospect coming out of Mississippi State.
He held on to him after Prescott was taken by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft and fashioned the finest rookie season of any quarterback in NFL history.
The hunt for services by other agents began almost immediately.
With Prescott heading into year three of his modest four-year rookie contract, he is eligible to sign a new deal after this season.
The time was now to make a switch.
Vice president Stephen Jones and owner Jerry Jones have acknowledged multiple times over the past few months that Prescott is in line for an extraordinary contract based on his play and the cost of the position.
“Yeah, you know at that position, it kind of is what it is,” Stephen Jones said last month. “You kind of, when the time comes, [expect to pay him]. I know Dak is going to have a good year this year. I hope it’s up there. It’s going to be as he deserves. He was a fourth-round pick. No one deserves to get paid fairly more than he does.”
Prescott’s 2018 base salary of $630,000 in 2018 is 66th among quarterbacks in the league, tied with players such as Brandon Allen, Nate Sudfeld, Jake Rudock, Kevin Hogan, Jeff Driskill and Cardale Jones, per Spotrac. His salary cap hit of $725,848 ranks just 60th among quarterbacks and 37th among players on the Cowboys roster.
But as a franchise quarterback, he is set to join another social class.
Last month, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan agreed to a five-year, $150 million contract extension, with $100 million guaranteed, to lead top quarterback earners. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is expected to top that soon.
Also remember, Jimmy Garoppolo got a five-year contract worth up to $137.5 million from the San Francisco 49ers. Though entering his fifth season, Garoppolo has started only seven games, far fewer than Prescott, who is 22-10 as a starter in two years.
“We all see what some of the other guys are who aren’t Aaron Rodgers, who aren’t Matt Ryan [are getting paid]," Stephen Jones said. "He’s going to do well. We certainly know that’s going to happen. We’ve got that planned in our budgeting for the salary cap.
“I just want Dak to go out and be MVP this year of the NFL. That’s what I want. Then, we’ll deal with that.”
And when the Cowboys are ready to deal with it, Prescott will have one of the top agents backed by the biggest talent agency in sports and entertainment in his corner.