With the quarterback market in the NFL booming yearly, the goal of all NFL teams is to capitalize on their signal callers are on those cap-friendly rookie deals. When those deals end it’s time pay a QB that’s when things get dicey for teams and their salary cap decisions. That quarterback rookie deal is a godsend, when you consider the going rate for franchise quarterbacks in today’s NFL. Just look around the league and you’ll see fully-guaranteed deals like the one the Cleveland Browns signed Deshaun Watson to. And the big deal Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray received a few weeks ago.
But they aren’t the only who cashed in with a big bag. In March 2021, Dallas Cowboys owner signed his quarterback Dak Prescott to a four-year, $160 million extension. In an interview with Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan, Jones talked about a host of things, including just that as it pertains to quarterback salaries.
“The more you pay a quarterback, the teams pay the big ticket on the quarterback, they have to sacrifice other places. The facts are there’s no free lunch. Every dollar you spend on a player is a dollar you can’t spend someplace else.”
Jones is reiterating this notion because once the Cowboys gave Prescott his four-year,$160 million extension, with $126 million guaranteed, hurt other positions on their roster. Gone are the days of that $450K per season rookie deal that afforded the roster to be built out in other areas. As a result the team traded star wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Browns. They also let stalwart offensive tackle La’el Collins leave via free agency. The team also got outbid by the Denver Broncos for edge rusher Randy Gregory in a move that once again showed the team being hampered of sorts with Prescott’s contract.
Jones Had Dak On Major Discount: Said He Overpaid For Prescott At Time Of Deal
Being a fourth-round pick, Prescott was a huge bargain for the Cowboys. And although he’s being paid handsomely he still ranks behind Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray, Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Derek Carr. His average annual value is the same of reigning Super Bowl-winning quarterback Matthew Stafford. And based on Prescott’s performance he’s earned that type of payday.
But during the press conference to announce the new deal, Jerry let it be known that was being taken advantage of financially by his quarterback.
If anyone has ever taken advantage of me financially, I’m proud it’s the one next to me.”
“The truth is most anything that I’ve ever been involved in with that ended up being special, I’ve overpaid for, every time, to the end. Anytime I’ve tried to get a bargain, I got just that, it was a bargain in a lot of ways and not up to standard.”
That comment was made with Dak sitting right next to Jones. And didn’t seem to get the laughs that Jones seemed to be aiming for. Jerry basically told his starting quarterback who holds (52-32) record as a starter including (25-6) in the NFC East that he overpaid for him. Now he’s telling us the obvious as it pertains to how quarterback salaries help the team’s salary cap while on their rookie deals, and how it adversely effects them when they’re given a lucrative long term extension.
Jones Calls Himself A Risk-Taker: Is He Insinuating Prescott’s Deal Was A Risk?
Jones called himself a risk-taker, but most billionaires don’t become that successful without taking risks.
“No one would deny that I’m a risk-taker. No one. I take risk and I do it every dogs in my life. And so, there is a proper time to take some risk. We haven’t taken them and we will take them.
“I hope that some of the risk I take in the future … will result in a change from where we’ve been; and that’s not getting to the Super Bowl. But I do that every day in my life.”
Cowboys haven’t played on Super Sunday since the 1995-96 season when Pro Football Hall of Famers, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders and Charle Haley led the team with newly lamented Hall of Famer Jimmy Johnson as the head coach.