Former NFL Star Says the Cowboys Need Dak Prescott More Than He Needs Them

With the Cowboys and Dak Prescott in the midst of a contract dispute, it hasn't gone unnoticed. One former NFL star spoke on the matter. What did he say?

The NFL offseason is in full swing, and the 2024 free agency cycle is just around the corner. With everything starting on March 13, every team is looking to get their ducks in a row and prepare for the future.

For the Dallas Cowboys, they need to get ahead of the curve and prepare for the 2025 cycle, as they’ve got a lot of work to do. Arguably the biggest thing they need to handle is Dak Prescott’s contract situation. Recently, one former NFL star spoke on the scenario. What did he have to say?

Former NFL Star Talks Dak Prescott-Cowboys Situation

The Cowboys and Prescott have a situation brewing. When he was 28 years old, the Cowboys signed Prescott to a four-year, $160 million deal in 2021. Now, that leaves 2024 as the final season on his deal.

A few things make this tricky. First, Prescott holds a $59.4 million cap hit in 2024 that will hinder the Cowboys’ ability to do much in free agency. The other issue is just keeping Prescott a Cowboy, as he will become an unrestricted free agent following the 2024 season.

The Cowboys don’t have many options either besides signing Prescott to the deal he wants. In his current deal, Prescott can not be franchise tagged nor can he be traded (without him allowing it). This means that if the Cowboys can’t come to terms with Prescott, he could walk on his own terms following the 2024 season.

Now, the difficulty when it comes to getting a deal done is Prescott’s asking price. According to Jordan Schultz, he wants to “reset the market” and command nearly $60 million per year. Currently, Joe Burrow is the highest-paid quarterback, making $55 million per year.

“The Cowboys need Dak Prescott more than Dak Prescott needs the Cowboys,” Brandon Marshall said on the “I AM ATHLETE” podcast. “From a business standpoint, they have to play nice with Dak because Dak has all the leverage.”

“Dak Prescott has the leverage not only from a business perspective but also a production standpoint,” Marshall said. In eight seasons as the Cowboys’ quarterback, Prescott has passed for 29,459 yards, 202 touchdowns, and 74 interceptions.

“The only thing Dak Prescott hasn’t done is win a Super Bowl, and last I checked, there’s a lot of legendary quarterbacks that never won a Super Bowl,” Marshall said. “There’s still a lot of football left for Dak Prescott. He has to win, and winning cures all, and if he does, he can find himself amongst some of the greatest.”

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“He could be a potential Hall of Famer. Look at the numbers,” Marshall said. Prescott was taken in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft and has since been named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. He’s also a one-time second-team All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowler.

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as a Cowboys fan, I can anaswer that question if Dak Prescott walks after 2024 the only decent backup quarterback Jerry Jones has is Cooper Rush not Trey Lance

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