Everything is bigger in Texas — including quarterback contracts it seems.
Dak Prescott, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal with the Dallas Cowboys, has been in search of a contract extension from the team this offseason.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is reporting that the quarterback and his agent “broached a deal” in the range of $34 million annually.
According to OverTheCap.com, that would put Prescott on par with Ben Roethlisberger, who is the second highest paid quarterback in the league with a deal that pays $34 million annually.
Prescott — a former fourth round pick — is due to make just $2 million this year and the Cowboys have enjoyed quite the bargain since he took the reigns from Tony Romo as the starter. Prescott didn’t make more than $630,000 in his previous three years in the league.
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As there wasn’t already urgency to lock up their quarterback, the deal for Dak earned a little more momentum when the Philadelphia Eagles inked Carson Wentz to a four-year, $128 million extension earlier this offseason.
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Like Dak, both are coming off rookie deals, causing a perfect storm for the Cowboys.
Sporting a Cowboys hat in the locker room on the final day of minicamp, Prescott spoke on his new deal Thursday. He didn’t sound too worried about getting something done.
“It happens when it happens,” he said. “I’ve got my cowboy hat on, so I’m a Cowboy – we’ll say that.”
Prescott and Wentz were taken in the same 2016 draft, although Wentz was the second overall pick of the Eagles.
Despite the rivalry between the NFC East squads, Prescott didn’t mind seeing the Philly QB get paid.
“I was happy for Carson – a guy that deserves it, a guy that’s been great in this league,” he said. “He had an awesome year. Potentially, without the injury, Wentz is the MVP. Congrats to Carson. I know him personally, he deserves it.”
Dak Prescott Draws Praise For ‘Chasing Greatness’
Jason Witten returned to football this season after a year away in the Monday Night Football Booth and has noticed a huge progression in Prescott both on and off the field.
“He’s always been a great leader and how he’s gone about it, but he sets the tone for this football team and you can see the improvement,” Witten told the Cowboys official site. “I know I can, from being away for a year, with how much he’s improved with his game as a quarterback.”
Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News said that Witten noted Dak’s drive — something they have in common.
“He wants to great,” Witten said. “He truly is chasing greatness.”
Witten also noticed Prescott’s improved skills on the field.
“More than anything else, I think his anticipation with the throws and his accuracy have been off the charts since we started camp,” Witten said Wednesday.”