Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Cowboys' contract hell worsens after Dak Prescott rejects extension

Cowboys' contract hell worsens after Dak Prescott rejects extension

The Dallas Cowboys continue to talk to their latest "Triplets" about new deals and the quarterback wants more than all of the rest.

There are conflicting reports on exactly how much Prescott is seeking, but NFL Network noted the number could be around $34 million to $35 million.

The Cowboys have said they have made what they consider to be "solid" offers to Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper, which would rank them "at least in the top five" at their respective positions. He is now under a contract that is set to only pay him $2.025 million in base salary this season, which is WAY below league average.

NFL Media reported Monday, though, that Prescott is seeking an annual average of $40 million per season.

While most pundits and fans are scoffing at Prescott's reported request, his former wide receiver Dez Bryant isn't. Wentz recently signed an extension - ahead of his team-option season - that includes an average of $32 million and a promise north of $66.4 million, ranked fifth and fourth among all National Football League passers, respectively. Dallas isn't going to give Dak $40 million, and the fourth-year pro knows that. Nobody actually believes Prescott deserves to be paid more than any other quarterback, and most would argue that he's not the same level of player as Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson or Carson Wentz, three of the highest-paid quarterbacks.

That said, Prescott has been really good for the Cowboys, so both sides should be motivated to get a deal done. Prescott was drafted in the fourth round, so the final year of his rookie deal has him making only $2.025 million in 2019.

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