Mega-Contract Projection Unveiled for Cowboys QB Dak Prescott After Devastating Ankle Injury

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Dak Prescott missed the rest of the 2020 NFL season after he suffered a compound right ankle fracture and dislocation during the Cowboys’ Week 5 game against the Giants.

All of that happened after Prescott was forced to play on a franchise tag after he and the Cowboys couldn’t come to terms on a longterm contract.

Just earlier this month, Pro Football Focus forecasted the Dallas Cowboys signing Prescott to a four-year, $158 million contract ($39.5 million annually) with $115 million in total guarantees.

BR columnist Brad Gagnon had other ideas when analyzing five quarterbacks who are eligible for massive paydays. He four years, $146 million ($36.5 million APY) and $100 million guaranteed.

“So logic points to Prescott finally landing a long-term deal, either in Dallas or elsewhere. It also points to Prescott making less than he would have earned if he didn’t get hurt and continued to produce at that level. That’s an unfortunate reality in this league.

The team insists it is committed to signing Prescott, but the organization obviously drew the line during last year’s negotiations and the open market could make it even more difficult to find a happy medium if it opts against using the tag.

A glass-half-full speculative take: The Cowboys and others might now be more inclined to go with a shorter-term deal considering his injury, which is reportedly Prescott’s preference.”

Prescott is expected to garner a lucrative multi-year contract, but if not, he will be playing on the 2021 franchise tender that is worth roughly $37.7M.

Prescott ended the 2020 season with 1,856 yards and nine touchdowns. He completed 68% of his passes and was headed to another solid season.