It’s no secret that the Dallas Cowboys got quite a bargain on the quarterback position in recent years as starter Dak Prescott played on a cheap rookie deal. According to Hall of Famer and former Cowboys’ wide receiver Michael Irvin, this is the reason the team shouldn’t now be hesitant to sign Prescott on a massive extension.
The Cowboys and Prescott have been negotiating an extension for more than a year now but haven’t been able to close a deal, which caused Dallas to franchise tag the 26-year-old. Reportedly, there is a disconnect between the two sides in both value of the deal and the length.
During a recent appearance on The Rich Eisen Show, Irvin was asked to comment on the situation, and Cowboys’ legend expressed optimism about the outcome.
“Dak has done everything and he has won,” said Irvin. “He has won a lot of football games in his first four years. So to say he doesn’t deserve the money isn’t totally correct. He does deserve the money. That’s the market, and he’s a starting, winning quarterback in the NFL. It’s just a matter of getting it done. And I think they’ll get it done.”
According to several reports, Dallas has been offering a yearly salary of around $35 million, while the player wants to break the record and is pushing somewhere close to $40 million. Irvin believes that Cowboys should accept his terms as they “stole four years” of Prescott while he was on a rookie deal.
“The kind of investment you want to make, the kind of guy you say, ‘Yeah, we hit it with this guy. We got him in the fourth round.’ You stole four years, so whatever he gets he deserves because you still owe him back pay,” he added.
Dak Prescott was ever-present for Dallas Cowboys since entering the league, starting all 64 games and posting 40-24 record. He also led the Cowboys to two playoff appearances and has a playoff win on his resume.
Still, due to the fact that he was a fourth-round pick, Prescott only earned $2.7 million over the course of his career. This is why he has every right to ask for a big payday, and why he’ll probably get it despite Dallas’ attempts to get a discount.