When the Dallas Cowboys signed quarterback Dak Prescott to a four-year, $160 million contract final March, there was a lot conjecture and lamenting concerning the timing of the deal.
It was the second richest deal in NFL historical past behind Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes on the time whereas making Prescott the richest participant in franchise historical past.
But if the Cowboys had proven the foresight to get Prescott signed a few years earlier, earlier than the quarterback contracts exploded, they may have gotten him at a a lot friendlier value.
And there was additionally rapid concern about how the Cowboys would discipline a roster with a quarterback making $40 million yearly.
A bit over a yr later, a special narrative is beginning to emerge.
Prescott’s deal is now fifth within the NFL in annual common and poised to fall additional down the rankings due to new offers for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers ($50 million yearly), Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShaun Watson ($46 million), Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen ($43 million) and Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matt Stafford ($40 million).
Mahomes, who signed roughly eight months earlier than Prescott, has a deal averaging $45 million yearly.
And this doesn’t embody Los Angeles Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who signed a three-year, $121.5 million extension on Wednesday. His new cash common per yr of $40.5 million (for the extension solely) ranks fifth amongst NFL quarterbacks, although Carr is scheduled to make $19.87 million in base wage in 2022.
Expected new offers for quarterbacks Russell Wilson, Joe Burrow, Lamar Jackson, Kyler Murray and Justin Herbert within the coming yr or years may make Prescott’s seem like a cut price earlier than it expires.
Owner Jerry Jones mentioned he’s happy with the deal the Cowboys have with Prescott and glad they acquired it performed once they did.
In the primary yr of the deal, Prescott handed for 4,449 yards and set a crew file with 37 touchdowns in 2021 whereas main a Cowboys offense that ranked first in yards and first in factors.
Jones’ focus now’s discovering gamers within the draft to construct round Prescott, significantly offensive linemen and receivers after dropping guard Connor Williams, sort out La’el Collins and go catchers Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson from final yr’s crew.
“When I look at what has happened since we’ve done (Dak’s) contract, the reps, the way Dak has evolved, what we’re doing in here to look for players to complement what he does the best,” Jones mentioned. “That’s who, in my mind, we’re complementing whether we’re blocking them out, whether we’re basically trying to get him some field position. So yes, we’re glad we got him.”
The actual game-changers have been the assured offers for Rodgers and Watson.
Rodgers turned the primary NFL participant to obtain $100 million totally assured at signing. Watson signed a record-setting five-year, $230 million totally assured deal. They would be the commonplace by which all new offers might be measured.
“I’m proud we have it,” Jones mentioned of the cope with Prescott. “Deshaun’s contract was a big one. Just reinforces that it just takes one or two teams to really covet a player and they really get those numbers on up there.”
On the flip facet, Prescott’s deal has turn out to be cheap, simply as many additionally predicted a yr in the past as a result of the numbers at all times go up.