What does Dak-Friendly mean to Jerry Jones?
As a fourth-round pick in 2016, Dak Prescott has been a huge bargain for the Dallas Cowboys as the team’s franchise quarterback, making 32 starts over the past two seasons.
His 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 cap hit of $725,848 ranks just 60th among quarterbacks and 37th among players on the Cowboys roster.
But those numbers are about to change, dramatically.
Prescott has two years left on his contract. The Cowboys can sign Prescott to a long-term contract extension following the 2018 season.
And the team is ready and prepared to show Prescott the money, according to Vice President Stephen Jones.
“Yeah, you know at that position, it kind of is what it is,” Jones said Wednesday at the team’s annual golf tournament. “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.”
The rising salaries of the NFL quarterbacks gave Jones no pause in acknowledging the obvious with Prescott.
Last week, 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.
Prescott, who is 22-10 as a starter, is not in their class, but the Cowboys are hoping it’s just a matter of time.
Regardless, they know the time is coming to show Prescott the money.
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.
“We all see what some of the other guys are who aren’t Aaron Rodgers, who aren’t Matt Ryan [are getting paid]," 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.”