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As the trading of NFL quarterbacks has become as common as snowstorms this winter, the Dallas Cowboys, appear unsure on if they want Dak Prescott to remain their quarterback. It is that uncertainty that has a Hall of Fame Cowboy worried that the franchise is making a bigger mistake than they realize by not locking up Prescott.
Speaking with USA Today, Emmitt Smith talked about his former team’s current quarterback Dak Prescott, who has been in contract negotiations with the franchise for over a year without a deal being worked out.
Emmitt: It shows me the Cowboys are unsure.
Aikman: I was surprised it didn't get done last year.
Jimmy: They'll work it out somehow.
CeeDee: They know how much Dak means to us. pic.twitter.com/PMa3hphL6w
— Collin Brennan (@sports_collin) February 11, 2021
Smith said it appears Jerry Jones and company appear “unsure” about if they want Prescott back, adding, “As long as the Cowboys are unsure, they don’t realize the message that they’re sending to the rest of the team. By not taking care of Dak Prescott, the Cowboys may not realize the message that they’re sending not only to him but also to the rest of the team. And they’re messing with chemistry if you ask me. Everybody wants to know their commitment to something. You don’t get into a relationship with not knowing you’re going to be committed to me. So, how would you expect Dak Prescott and the rest of the team to be committed to you if you’re not committed to them?”
I would change one word that Emmitt Smith used, since I believe the Dallas Cowboys are divided about Dak Prescott. I have felt for a while that there are people within the organization, namely the father/son combo of Jerry and Stephen Jones, are unsure if Prescott is a true franchise quarterback worthy of the contract which comes with that title.
I suspect there are people in the analytics department that are correctly pointing out that Prescott is a middle of the road quarterback, and signing him to a mega-contract. Especially the three-or-four-year length he’s requesting, which would be bad for the team as a whole and would be a reach considering his talent and performance level.
I also think, too, with so much quarterback movement this offseason, movement that is expected to last up until draft day, perhaps the Dallas Cowboys are assessing their options, and have already figured out there are better quarterbacks to be had for as much as Prescott wants to be paid.
I agree with Emmitt Smith that this drawn-out song and dance the Dallas Cowboys are playing with Dak Prescott is going to hurt them in the long run since both current players and potential free agents may look at what happened here and think twice about staying or joining the team.
I am not sure, however, if anything the Jones family can do here will repair the damage they have done. They already used the franchise tag once with Dak Prescott, but now refuse to pay him as a franchise quarterback; is it last year’s injury that has them worried he won’t be himself again, some data points on a spreadsheet, or an internal divide among the front office and the coaches?
Regardless, of why, Dak Prescott may be better off hitting the free agent market since with so many draft picks flying around, teams might be more interested in overpaying for him with cash than giving up assets to help their team improve the roster. That fact along would make Prescott a franchise quarterback on paper, even if he is not one on the field.
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