With the structure of his current deal, the 30-year-old Prescott is eligible to enter free agency after the 2024 season. But if the Cowboys fall well short of the Super Bowl again this upcoming season, there will be cries for Jerry Jones to make a switch at QB.
On Wednesday’s edition of “Get Up”, (h/t Jonathan Adams of Heavy.com), ESPN’s Mike Greenberg floated the idea of the Cowboys trading for Los Angeles’ Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford. Greenberg added that the Super Bowl 56-winning QB could mentor Trey Lance, whom Dallas acquired in a trade from the San Francisco 49ers last week.
“How about thinking about a Super Bowl winning veteran quarterback who might want to finish his career in his hometown of Dallas, Texas and mentor a young player in a year or two to being ready to take over the reigns…
“That young player could be Trey Lance, and I’m here to tell you right now [Dan] Orlovsky, your buddy Matthew Stafford, I could easily see a world in which a year from today, Dak Prescott is way better off being the quarterback of Tampa or Minnesota or Denver or someplace where they really want him. And your buddy Matthew Stafford is the starting quarterback of his hometown Dallas Cowboys.”
Last year, Los Angeles signed Stafford to a four-year contract extension worth $160 million. The defending champions were marred by injuries last year, however, and they finished a disappointing 5-12.
If things go sideways again this year for the Rams, perhaps they will be open to trading Stafford. But would Jerry a) take the risk and replace his franchise quarterback and/or b) do so by acquiring a QB who will be 36 next year?
Only time will tell. But of course, Prescott can silence all trade speculation if he leads Dallas on a deep run once and for all.
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