The Cowboys have Dak Prescott and Andy Dalton as quarterback this season. There is little reason to expect this pairing or order to change in the near future.
Well, wait: there are at least 31.4 million reasons why Prescott will remain number 1. That's what the internet was unable to understand or admit when it went live on Saturday night after Dalton's signature to create more drama within The Star.
Dallas pledged $ 31.4 million to Prescott for 2020 through the exclusive franchise label in his fifth professional year. That's 14.4% of the Cowboys cap, according to the Spotrac.com contract website. He is in the top 10 among the starting quarterbacks, depending on the metric you use (money or average annual value).
Prescott is trying to get more, of course, and negotiations on a long-term deal continue to drag on. The sides have until July 15 to agree to a multi-annual pact; otherwise, Prescott would have to play under the tag or hold on and not play. So Dallas could go to Dalton, which is guaranteed only $ 3 million in 2020, but can earn up to $ 7 million.
At the moment, however, Cowboys are Prescott's best bet so late at the free agency, even though he ends up having to bet on himself.
And yes, we are assuming that the Cowboys will not let Prescott walk, why would they? Prescott is the best player (yes, he is, internet) and, according to Spotrac, he is the seventh highest paid quarterback in the NFL, based on annual average value now with the tag (unless he or another QB really is paid this year; looking at you, Patrick Mahomes).
So no, this depth chart remains in the status quo.
Does not agree? Do you think it's a squeeze by Cowboys / GM owner Jerry Jones or capology of the galaxy brain to strengthen other positions – say, in defense? Just follow the obvious: Prescott gives Cowboys their best chance of winning. Neither Dalton, nor Cam Newton, nor Joe Flacco. . . and not the other QBs on the Dallas list: Cooper Rush, Clayton Thorson and Ben DiNucci, who arrived about 15 minutes behind the draft.
Prescott is 26 years old and is reaching the top of his career in submissions, attempts, yards and touchdowns. The Cowboys were the sixth in the NFL to score goals last season. Dalton has experience in the playoffs, but he is also 32 years old and is coming out of the worst overall statistical season. Yes, the Bengals were terrible under first year coach Zac Taylor, but Dalton had a hand in that terrible quality.
And if you are in the passers-by classification, Prescott & # 39; s was more than 21 points higher (99.7-78.3). Apples for orange helmets? It could be, but it is still a relevant chasm.
Think also: Jones hired Kellen Moore as an offensive coordinator after replacing coach Jason Garrett with Mike McCarthy. Jerry chose continuity with Moore and Prescott on McCarthy's philosophy. Even if you think Prescott and Dalton are just game managers, Prescott will still be the best, given his experience with Moore's system and his status as a team leader.
Here are some obvious snippets: winning teams now want depth. Jones wants to win yesterday. Dalton represents the quality of quality behind an established young holder.
This is the simplest and best way to analyze this movement, rather than how a piece of the Internet is analyzing it.