On Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys dished out a monster contract to star wide receiver Amari Cooper for five years with a $100-million contract, but they were unable to do something similar with Dak Prescott, electing to place to the franchise tag on him instead.
The team placed an exclusive franchise tag on Prescott that will ensure that the 26-year-old would not become a free agent, and will pay him around $33 million in 2020.
On First Take, Stephen A. Smith and Cowboys Michael Irvin decided to get into a debate over whether the Cowboys franchise were treating Prescott fairly in negotiations.
It started off bad almost immediately as both erupted and argued for over six minutes.
“Four straight years, never missed a start! Winning record in three of the four years! Completed 65 percent of his passes in three of the four years. Just nearly threw for 5,000 yards. You paid Ezekiel Elliott. You paid Jaylon Smith. You now paid Amari Cooper. You paid every damn body but your quarterback?
…. You’re going to sit there with a straight face and act like you don’t know any better? Don’t you sit here and act like Dak Prescott has been treated fairly.”
“I want you to stop the rhetoric that Jerry’s doing Dak wrong…. We’ve gotta stop saying Jerry is doing him wrong. This is business! If Jerry had offered him $25 million a year right now, then I would be with you [saying] ‘oh my god, Jerry is way out of line.’ But when he’s offering him 33, 34, and we don’t even know what Dak is asking for?
…. I’m going to tell you what I’m OK with. The exclusive franchise makes him $33, 34 million dollars this year. A 40-million dollar deal next year! So over the next two years he’s going to make $75 million dollars! I don’t say that’s doing somebody wrong.”