The health of Dak Prescott continues to be a trending topic as the Dallas Cowboys QB has endured two significant injuries in the last 10 months and the lingering effects may come back to haunt him during the 2021 season.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported during the halftime show of a preseason game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals that Prescott is “not fully back, he may not be back all season long.” Prescott suffered a season-ending compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle in Week 5 last year.
He was able to return in time for training camp, however, a latissimus strain in his throwing shoulder has left him sidelined for several weeks.
The team is now being linked to two notable trades as Colin Cowherd believes the Cowboys need to make a trade for either Nick Foles or Gardner Minshew. Right now, Dallas has Garrett Gilbert and Ben DiNucci behind Prescott on the depth chart.
“With Dalton leaving for the Chicago Bears this offseason, the Cowboys are looking at DiNucci, Gilbert and Cooper Rush as their insurance policy. The three quarterbacks have just two NFL starts between them,” Knox wrote.
“Again, the hope is that Prescott won’t miss any time. However, it would still be smart to bring in an experienced quarterback ahead of camp. Free-agent options are extremely limited—Ryan Finley and Matt Barkley may be the top options—but veterans like Gardner Minshew II and Nick Foles could potentially be available for the right price.”
As we know now, Minshew has since been traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, so his services or off the table.
According to Albert Breer, the Bears are listening to trade offers to Foles — but they’d only send him somewhere he wants to go.
“The Bears will listen on Nick Foles, but I’ve also long gotten the sense they aren’t going to send him somewhere he doesn’t want to go.”
For now, Chicago is stuck with Foles and his $17.32 million cap hit spread out over the next two years. Foles has a base salary of $4 million, which is fully guaranteed. But if a team took Foles on, they’d be on the hook for another $5 million in guarantees next season.
If Chicago was able to trade Foles, it would free up $4 million in cap space.
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