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“I want to be a Cowboy forever,” the quarterback told reporters Wednesday. “I think the people doing the deal feel the same way, so to me it’s no rush. I know it will get done.”
Joe Trahan @JoeTrahan
“My only focus is within the locker room.”
@Dak says he’s not worried about getting a new contract. He’s confident it will get done.
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Prescott is entering the final year on his four-year rookie contract, and he has every reason to believe that the franchise wants to lock him in long-term, as Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has reiterated his commitment to his 2016 fourth-round pick countless times publicly.
“When I say man, he’s our future,” Jones said in November, per Clarence Hill Jr. of the Star-Telegram (h/t SportsDay). “I don’t know how we could ask for more, to have this opportunity for him to progress the way he has. If someone walked in here right now and looked like they were going to get the No. 1 pick in the draft and said we’ll give you two picks for Dak, I wouldn’t even consider it. No.”
Earlier this month, Jones doubled down when speaking to Hall of Fame Cowboys legend Michael Irvin on The Rich Eisen Show:
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“We’re sold on Dak and we do want to have him for the long-term.” -@DallasCowboys owner Jerry Jones told @michaelirvin88 about @Dak future with the team: https://t.co/9pkdQh8sIz
A day after Jones’ conversation with Irvin, NFL Network’s Jane Slater reported that team sources relayed to her a deal between the two sides couldn’t be described as close. She added that the Cowboys presented Prescott’s agent with their initial offer and were waiting for a counter.
The Cowboys ideally will want to keep Prescott alongside running back Ezekiel Elliott and receiver Amari Cooper, both of whom are also seeking new contracts. Dallas’ chief operating officer and executive vice president Stephen Jones spoke to the Dallas Morning News (h/t Joel Corry of CBSSports.com) about how all three could fit in the franchise’s long-term plans:
“If we can talk them into not maxing out, doing well, but not maxed out, that allows us to have other good football players around them. And we all know what happens, you look at the TV booths and look at what these players do off the field. If we can put Super Bowl rings on these guys, they’ll be legends around this area for many, many, many years to come.
“What they may give up a little bit in their contract, they should be able to invest in being a Cowboy and making our teams better.”
Giving up guaranteed money for the prospect of potentially, maybe winning rings and becoming Cowboys legends will be a hard sell, but Corry outlined how the Cowboys could realistically keep all three in the Big D.
For now, Prescott is so unbothered by his contract negotiations that he smashed a home run at a local charity event Wednesday night to raise $2,000.
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Dak Prescott with a home run on the money ball, raising $2,000 https://t.co/cIpC0nlVRU
The 25-year-old two-time Pro Bowler has compiled a solid resume to rest on in three NFL seasons, starting every game. Prescott exceeded all fourth-round expectations his rookie season with 23 touchdowns opposed to just four interceptions as the Cowboys went 13-3 to win the NFC East and land the top seed in the NFC.
While he suffered a sophomore slump—22 touchdowns, 13 picks on 62.9 completion percentage—in 2017, Prescott resembled his rookie self last season, as he led the Cowboys to the divisional round with 3,885 yards, 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions on 67.7 completion percentage.