The Cowboys know they made a mistake with Dak Prescott.
After suffering a compound fracture on his right ankle in Week 5, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott still locked up a four-year, $160 million deal in the offseason. The only regret the Cowboys have, according to CEO and director of player personnel Stephen Jones, is that they couldn’t lock up Prescott sooner.
“Probably would’ve signed Dak the first time around,” Jones told KXAS-TV NBC 5. “It would’ve been better for everybody.”
The former 2016 fourth-round pick played two consecutive seasons on the franchise tag before agreeing to a deal. Things could have gotten acrimonious after his season-ending injury, but it worked out in the end for both sides.
The 27-year-old is guaranteed to make $126 million throughout his contract. He will earn $75 million in the first year of his deal because of a record-high $66 million signing bonus and $9 million in base salary. He is now the second-highest-paid QB in NFL history, just behind Patrick Mahomes.
The Cowboys could have saved significant money if they signed Prescott in 2019 when his rookie contract was expired. Instead, they kept pushing off a long-term deal.
The 2016 NFL AP Offensive Rookie of the Year is well-deserving of the contract. He holds a career 42-27 record since joining the Cowboys. Prescott has thrown for 17,634 yards, 106 touchdowns, and just 40 interceptions since entering the league..