40 Million Dollar Question

Dak's worth whatever he can get from the Cowboys.

Jim Rome
February 12, 2020 - 10:53 am
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This really is shaping up to be one hell of an offseason when it comes to NFL quarterbacks and their futures. It feels like half the starting quarterbacks in the league could be playing somewhere else next year. And the ones who aren’t, are in the process of negotiating new contracts. So if they aren’t going to be wearing a new jersey, they’ll be rolling in a new car.

For instance…Tampa Bay needs to decide if they want to run it back with Jameis Winston, who is coming off one of the all-time legendary seasons. 33 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. The greatest 30/30 club of all-time. Scoreboard, Canseco, look up at it. That 30/30 is way more impressive than Jose’s 40/40, which prior to this, was the best thing ever: but not anymore. Especially when you consider that Winston also added in 5,100 passing yards. And opponents scored 112 points off his turnovers. Numbers won’t tell you everything, but those numbers tell you Jameis just had the most amazing single season a quarterback as ever had: I’m tempted the most amazing season, AN ATHLETE, IN ANY SPORT, HAS EVER HAD. 

And that’s just one team and one quarterback. I could go division by division with this thing, because there are that many decisions to be made. 

And somehow, one of the biggest decisions, involving the biggest team, still hasn’t been made. I’m talking about Dak Prescott and his contract.

Back in August, Jerry Jones gave everyone an update on the contract discussions with Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper. And remember this old man take is graphic in nature: if you’re at all squeamish or you have any children with you listening right now, you might want to sit the next 20 or so seconds out.

“Picture you were a driver of a car and you had a wreck and your hand was almost severed off, but you didn’t understand your anatomy. You look down, you’re spurting blood, you open the door, and run to the woods, and either die bleeding to death or shock. The educated man looks down, knows his anatomy, squeezes and knows his best chance is to wait for help. That’s because he’s been there a lot and done that. So I’m squeezing and waiting for help.”

Well, six month later, Jerry is still squeezing it because Dak still doesn’t have a contract. But according to Ian Rapoport, they’re trying to get something done. Maybe. Possibly. Who knows? He tweeted: The Cowboys are going to try to buck history, attempting to get a deal done with QB Dak Prescott by the close of the franchise tag window on March 10. A lot will have to happen for a deal to come together.

The thing is, that’s not really a deadline because there are no consequences for not getting a deal done at that point. But sure, go ahead and try to get it done by then. I mean, you’ve only been working on it for about a year now, maybe a fake deadline will help.

Or maybe those bizarre suggestions that the Cowboys would be interested in an aging Tom Brady would help. Sure they’re interested in him. Because that makes so much sense. Even for wacky Jerruh.

The question, as always, is money. Because people were freaking out when Prescott reportedly turned down 30 million. But when you consider what Carson Wentz got and how much more reliable Prescott has been than Wentz, it would’ve been idiotic for Prescott to take anything less than Wentz.

There are only a few topics in sports more polarizing than what is Dak Prescott worth. Because a hell of a lot of people think he’s worth a hell of a lot less than what he is about to get.

So let me make it simple for you…yet again…: Dak Prescott is worth whatever he can get from the Cowboys. It’s that simple.

And as always, when it comes to quarterback contracts, it’s about timing and about being in the right place at the right time to set the new bar. The current bar is Russell Wilson at 35 million. Patrick Mahomes and Dak are on deck. And now the question isn’t about 30 or 35, it’s about more. 

Dak sat down with Kimberly Martin and she asked him the 40 million dollar question.

Translation: yes, I am a 40 million dollar quarterback. Or perhaps a more accurate translation: I’m sure as hell not going to say I’m not a 40 million dollar quarterback.

Nor should he. Why would he say that? Even if you don’t like Dak and don’t respect his game, would you respect him if he said, “no, I’m not a 40 million quarterback”? I know I wouldn’t. You want a guy who believes he’s worth every penny and will then go out to prove it. 

But I know people are going to hear that and freak out and talk about Dak's numbers and how he's not worth it. Save your breath. That argument isn't worth it. 

You would think that the Cowboys would be in a hurry to get this deal done before Mahomes raises the bar again. You would think they’d want to get this resolved so that Dak and Jerry’s new best friend, Mike McCarthy can get to work with no distractions. 

You would think that, but it sure seems like Dallas hasn’t really been in a hurry on this at all. And Dak isn’t either. He’s perfectly willing to let the bar move up and his price tag go up. While Jerry Jones is standing there, bleeding out, after a car accident in the woods. Or maybe the old man just has complete that circumsion on that moskita yet