He’s never won a divisional playoff game. When his right leg was destroyed in week five, the Cowboys had won only one game, only because the Falcons had treated an onside kick with Dr. Fauci’s social distancing rules. The last time he appeared in an NFL game he was being driven off the field and straight to the hospital after suffering a compound fracture and dislocation of his ankle. And, did I mention that he has not won a single divisional playoff game?
Yet Jerry Wayne has signed Dak Prescott to a four-year contract that makes him the second highest paid quarterback in the NFL. Prescott has been gifted a league-record $66-million signing bonus. The guaranteed $126-million is also an NFL record. There is a no-trade clause in this new deal and a fancy no-franchise-tag clause, giving Dak all the money and all the power in this redefined relationship.
Dak is the second highest paid quarterback in the league. Zeke is the third highest paid running back in the league. Amari Cooper is the fourth highest paid receiver in the league. Those three contracts account for nearly a third of the annual salary cap. And, last time I checked, football is not a three-man game.
This is a gamble by Jerry Jones and, I would say, a little riskier even than his boldest oil field guesses. I think Jerry didn’t want to chance Dak taking the Cowboys to the Super Bowl on a franchise tag and losing him to another team. Can you imagine the criticism? But I think the odds are much better that the Cowboys finish 2021 with a worse record than last season’s 6-10. That’s a lot of money for three players. That’s a lot of money for a guy who’s coming off one of the most gruesome injuries in the live-TV era and, by the way, who’s never won so much as a divisional round playoff game.
Go Stars. Please score an even-strength goal or two against the Blackhawks tonight.