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Dak Prescott's price tag rises as Matt Ryan receives $150 million extension

Tony Romo: Terrance Williams underrated receiver on Cowboys

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo thinks receiver Terrance Williams could emerge in 2018. The team is looking for Dez Bryant's replacement.
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Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo thinks receiver Terrance Williams could emerge in 2018. The team is looking for Dez Bryant's replacement.

Matt Ryan is now the highest-paid player in the NFL.

On Thursday, the Atlanta Falcons signed their franchise quarterback to a six-year, $150 million extension. The news was first reported by Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network.

The deal is set to run through the 2023 season and will carry an annual cap-hit of $30 million per season.

Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers is expected to exceed that figure when he signs a new deal sometime this summer.

Somewhere, Dak Prescott is smiling. Now that the Cowboys have released Dez Bryant and Jason Witten has retired, the young quarterback and running back Ezekiel Elliott are the unquestioned faces of the franchise.

Prescott, a fourth-round pick in 2016, is only set to count $725,848 and $815,849 for the 2018 and 2019 seasons, respectively (according to spotrac.com). He is first eligible to renegotiate a new deal after this upcoming season.

But if the Cowboys wait until after the final year of his rookie deal, then Prescott could ask for a contract that comes in at the top of the market. A few years from now, that deal could carry a cap-hit that might start at $35-$40 million per season.

The Cowboys are currently in the middle of a prolonged contract negotiation with guard Zach Martin, who is looking to become the top-paid guard in the NFL.

If you need proof of how that type of deal can hamstring a franchise's ability to build a roster, look no further than the Seattle Seahawks.

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