There has been a lot off press this offseason about the queue of young talent in Dallas, which includes Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, Jaylon Smith, Byron Jones, and others-waiting to get paid on their next contract.
Prescott for one has made it clear he does not plan to give the Cowboys a hometown discount and believes there is going to be adequate money to pay everyone with the rise in the salary cap according to Jori Epstein of USA Today.
“For somebody to say you can only take so much because of the salary cap or you can only do this or that, I don’t know how fair that is to say,” Prescott said.
“Because with gambling, with everything going into this league, everything is going to continue to keep going up. It’s important for all these guys to get every bit of their worth. I want to see Zeke the highest-paid. I want to see Amari the highest-paid.
“I want to see myself up there. And I don’t think any of that is too far-fetched. Because at the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, a year or two later, you’re not going to be the highest-paid. That’s just the way the game goes.”
Prescott is correct that the salary cap has continually increased this decade. Each of the past six seasons the cap has leaped by at least $10 million.
This year it increased by $11 million to $188.2 million. With other potential revenue sources available in the coming years, the balloon could continue to inflate.
But even with the ballooning salary cap, can the Cowboys really give everyone top-of-the-market deals or are some players either going to have to agree to team-friendly deals and/or leave for another team to get paid?
“I don’t think it’s fair to sit there and say, ‘This guy can’t get that because he needs the rest of the team,'” Prescott said. “The rest of the team can all get theirs with the way the league is trending.”
Prescott himself has long been one of the biggest bargains in the NFL. A Day 1 starter ever since he was drafted in the fourth round in 2016 out of Mississippi State, Prescott is due to make $2.025 million in 2019 in the last year of his rookie deal – more than what he’s made the past three seasons combined ($1.62 million).
For context, that is less than league backups Chad Henne ($2.55M) Drew Stanton ($3M) AJ McCarron ($3M), and Nate Sudfeld ($3.095). The Cowboys have been in negotiations with Prescott on a new deal, but given his draft status, a contract extension could be tricky.
What it won’t be is a hometown bargain if Prescott has anything to say about it.