Carson Palmer Says Dak Prescott Should Take Less Money Because He’s The QB of The Dallas Cowboys

We’ve heard quite a bit of terrible takes over the years, but this latest one from a former NFL player is a head scratcher.

Former NFL quarterback Carson Palmer joined 105.3 The Fan on Thursday to give his take on what Dak Prescott should do this offseason as he and the Dallas Cowboys have another decision to make on whether to come to terms on a deal or place him on the franchise tag again.

Palmer suggested Dak should actually take less money, because he’s the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.

“I love Dak’s game. I think he’s great. I think he shouldn’t shoot for the moon (on his next contract),” Palmer said on Shan and RJ. “Being the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, there’s a lot that comes with that financially. So, you don’t have to be the top-paid quarterback in the league. You can make as much as the top-paid quarterback in the league when you’re the Dallas Cowboys quarterback if you do take less. Because, if you win in Dallas, look at today’s television networks. You got Troy Aikman (Fox analyst), Jason Witten (former Monday Night Football analyst) and Tony Romo (CBS analyst) all on nationally televised games.

Partially, because of their playing careers, but a majority of that is because they played for the Dallas Cowboys. They are a household name. You’ve seen Dak on tons of commercials and endorsements. You can make that same top-tier money if you’re Dak and you take a little bit less, and you keep all the players around you within the salary cap structure.”

Dak Prescott’s brother confirmed rumored reports of the Cowboys offering him a 5-year deal before last season, but as we know now, the young QB wants a four-year deal so he can test the market once again when he turns 30 and when the NFL’s next television deal kicks in.

Prescott made $31.4 million under the franchise tag last season and projects to earn around $38 million under the tag in 2021 if both sides can’t come to an agreement.