Is Dak Prescott Worth What He Is Asking For ?

Breaking: The Dallas Cowboys Have Re-signed QB Dak Prescott
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Over this last week, Dak Prescott has approached the Dallas Cowboys saying that he wants a Patrick Mahomes type deal. Mahomes, after winning a Superbowl, signed a ten-year half a billion-dollar deal with the Chiefs for those who don’t know. Dak Prescott is a pending free agent in the NFL, so Dallas is against a wall to whether to pay him or not.

What Has Dak Done? 

Dak Prescott has been to the playoffs two out of his four complete seasons as the quarterback for America’s Team. One of those seasons featured a first-round bye, and that also was Dak’s rookie year. In Dak’s rookie season, he threw for 3667 yards, 23 touchdowns, and four interceptions, finishing with a record of 13-3.

Fast-forwarding two seasons later, Dak almost mirrored his rookie season, throwing for 3885 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, and eight interceptions, finishing the season with a 10-6 record. Dak Prescott was on pace to throw for over 5000 yards before getting injured in a week five game versus the Giants. Dak had also been in two pro-bowls, one in 2016 and the other in 2018. 

Why Won’t Jerry Jones Pay Dak That Type Of Money?

Nobody in the Cowboys organization wanted this situation to get to where it is. It is to be said Dak is not worth the money he is asking for. Coming off a gruesome season-ending injury, Dak has to prove he can get back to his former self. 

Let’s compare what Dak has done and what Mahomes has done. Patrick Mahomes not only has two AFC championship titles, but he has won a Superbowl. Mahomes not only has won an MVP trophy for the regular season but, on top of that, has a Super Bowl MVP as well. Mahomes has thrown for 5000 yards before in his career and has thrown for 50 touchdowns in that same season. Okay, let’s cut Dak some slack and not solely go off what the stats say because they don’t always tell the real story. 

Mahomes and Dak’s eye test shows why Mahomes got the contract he did and why Dak won’t. Mahomes can extend plays like no other; he can throw the ball the length of the field and can make cross-body passes like it’s nothing, not to mention his signature move of running back 30 yards and still being able to complete a pass. Now I’m not saying Dak is bad because he’s not; you can make a case that he is a top ten quarterback in the league. Dak can also extend plays and make accurate passes, and on top of that, he is very young and has great potential. 

The Verdict

Dak Prescott will not get paid the money he is asking for simply because he has not done enough or shown enough to get it. Let’s take Dak’s best season, for example, which is his 13-3 season. Dak was playing behind one of the best-constructed offensive lines in history, containing Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, Tyron Smith, La’el Collins, and Doug Free

Not only was his line great, but his running back was also playing lights out. Ezekiel Elliot ran for 1631 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging 108.7 yards per game. Dak has not been able to make it to the big game with the incredible talents he has had around him, therefore not deserving that type of contract.

 

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