Cowboys QB Dak Prescott says he doesn’t believe he should have to take less money on his pending contract extension to allow the Cowboys to sign other players because of how much the cap will grow in the future.
“I don’t think it’s fair to sit there and say, ‘This guy can’t get that because he needs the rest of the team,’” Prescott said via USA Today’s Jori Epstein. “The rest of the team can all get theirs with the way the league is trending.”
The Cowboys are working on extensions for Prescott and WR Amari Cooper, who are scheduled to become free agents at the end of this season. Dallas RB Ezekiel Elliott is also up for an extension, as his deal runs out after the 2020 season.
Prescott’s deal is expected to be in the neighborhood of $34 million per season, and both Cooper and Elliott can make a case to be the highest-paid players at their position.
“It’s important for all these guys to get every bit of their worth,” Prescott said. “I want to see Zeke the highest paid. I want to see Amari the highest paid. I want to see myself up there. And I don’t think any of that is too far-fetched. Because at the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, a year or two later, you’re not going to be the highest paid. That’s just the way the game goes.”
Because of the NFL’s salary cap, teams are often forced to make decisions on which players they can keep and which ones they can’t afford. But Prescott says that’s a false dichotomy because of how quickly the NFL’s revenues could potentially expand in the coming years.