Dak Prescott reportedly turned down a contract that would have made him the highest paid quarterback ever, worth $175 million for five years. That bit of news came from Chris Simms on the Kansas City sports radio show, K & C Masterpiece. Simms went on to say that Prescott and his team were looking more in the range of $45 million a year, as opposed to the $35 million per year being offered. That information exploded, leaving people wondering, is Prescott worth $45 million?
That breaking news then pushed other NFL insiders to see what they could learn, and both Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport came back with contradictory information. According to Rapoport, both the Cowboys and Prescott’s agents say that Simms’ report is false.
According to the team side and Dak Prescott’s agent, the report ( ) from @CSimmsQB is definitely not true. The two sides have never discussed such scenarios or anything like it. Dak wants a shorter deal, the #Cowboys want a longer one. July 15 is the deadline. https://t.co/yUgxcz5qcq— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 21, 2020
Rapoport says the main holdup in negotiations appears to be the length of the deal, as Prescott is looking for a shorter deal, giving him a chance for another big contract in his prime while the Cowboys want to wrap him up for a longer deal, likely for the opposite reason.
Prescott is worth whatever he can get from the Cowboys and he does have a lot of leverage, so the amount could surprise some. And maybe Simms is correct that they turned down that number and want more per year and with a shorter contract. In the end, I expect Prescott will get a new deal in Dallas this offseason, but there is still a lot of time for that to happen.