Cowboys News: Jerry Jones Says Dak Prescott's Contract Will Be Extended

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistNovember 6, 2018

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) works against the Tennessee Titans during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
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There is no end in sight to Dak Prescott's tenure as the Dallas Cowboys' starting quarterback.

According to David Helman of the team's official website, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones appeared on 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday and gave his signal-caller a vote of confidence: "Dak is the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. He's young, and he's going to get extended."

Prescott is in the third year of his rookie contract, which runs through 2019. He is earning $630,000 this season and will make just $720,000 in 2019, per Spotrac.

Jones' comments came after the Cowboys fell 28-14 to the Tennessee Titans at home Monday night, dropping their record to 3-5.

While the Cowboys lost, Prescott enjoyed one of his best passing games of the season, as he connected on 21 of 31 attempts for 243 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Since he led Dallas to a 13-3 record and was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2016, Prescott has seen his production drop off. He threw 23 touchdowns and four interceptions and completed 67.8 percent of his passes as a rookie.

Last year, Prescott completed just 62.9 percent of his passes for 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Through eight contests in 2018, Prescott has completed 62.9 percent of his passes and has 10 touchdowns and five picks.

Perhaps the biggest issue for Prescott this season has been the lack of a go-to receiver. After No. 1 wideout Dez Bryant was released and tight end Jason Witten retired in the offseason, the Cowboys did little to replace them.

They finally made a move Oct. 22 when they shipped a first-round pick to the Oakland Raiders for two-time Pro Bowl receiver Amari Cooper. Cooper paid immediate dividends, as he caught five passes for 58 yards and a touchdown Monday.

According to ESPN.com, Prescott ranks 24th in the NFL with a 49.9 QBR. That puts him behind recently benched Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston and maligned Jacksonville Jaguars signal-caller Blake Bortles.

Although he has struggled this season, Prescott is one of the NFL's most affordable starting quarterbacks, since he was a fourth-round pick out of Mississippi State in 2016.

Prescott and the Cowboys have a huge game on tap in Week 10, as they will travel to Philadelphia to take on the 4-4 Eagles on Sunday night in a key NFC East clash.