Dak Prescott is entering a contract year and believes that he deserves to make more money than Tom Brady. Prescott was drafted in the 4th round of the 2016 NFL Draft, and with the way things were on the depth chart he never should have left the bench. Dak showcased a bit of his skills during the preseason that brought excitement to Dallas Cowboys fans. However, he was the third string quarterback behind Tony Romo and Kellen Moore. After Tony Romo and Kellen Moore both went down with injury, Dak Prescott became QB1. That season the Cowboys went 13-3, won the NFC East and lost to the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. In that year Dak broke Tom Brady’s record of most passes thrown before throwing a first interception, and he won rookie of the year. Dak also threw for 23 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions.
Since 2016, however, Dak has not been as explosive as he was in his rookie year. He has still thrown for 22 touchdowns each season since, but he has thrown more interceptions. In the 2017 season Dak threw 13 interceptions and in the 2018 season he threw 8 interceptions. His stats have stayed slightly constant besides the extra interceptions. He averages 3,600 passing yards a season and has never had a losing season. That being said, he only has one playoff win under his belt and stands at a playoff record of 1-2. Although, Dak Prescott is not to blame for either of the Cowboys playoff losses as he played good games in each of the playoff appearances he has.
The real issue facing the Cowboys offense is the lack of weapons, besides Amari Cooper, and the lack of success in the red zone. Ezekiel Elliott does a really good job of keeping pressure off of Dak Prescott, but solely relying on a run game makes the Cowboys too predictable. The other issue that made them too predictable was the play calling with Scott Linehan. With him gone, Dak can really open up the offense with his elite ability to pass and to run when he needs to.
With all that being said, Dak should realize that some quarterbacks take a pay cut to open up more funds for the other players that the quarterback relies on. They can compensate for the smaller salary with achievement based incentives like throwing a certain amount of touchdowns, or a certain amount of money for every playoff win. If Dak can take a smaller contract and the salary cap can be delegated to other big names like Cole Beasley, Demarcus Lawrence and Ezekiel Elliott, Dak would only have to worry about getting the Cowboys into playoffs. However, if Dak feels he could make more money playing for another team and he decided to leave, he may not find success outside of Dallas. The Cowboys have, and continue to, built an offense around Dak Presoctt and each year it gets better for him. That would change if Dak left Dallas and he may not fit into another NFL system. That happened with Brock Osweiler when he got greedy with his contract and found out that he could not be a successful quarterback away from the Denver Broncos.
In the end it will come down to what Dak feels is necessary. Although Cowboys fans would be devastated to see him leave, he is in control of his destiny. It is up to Jerry Jones and Dak Prescott to figure out what is not just best for Dak, but what is best for the Dallas Cowboys. They are both intelligent people, and Jerry Jones has played this game before.