Dak Prescott Rumors: Contract Offer over 4 Years a 'Non-Starter' for Cowboys QB

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 22, 2020

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) celebrates a touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the second half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
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The divide between Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys on a potential contract extension is reportedly over the number of years on the deal.   

Per ESPN's Ed Werder, reported Prescott is seeking a four-year deal and anything else is a "non-starter" in negotiations with the Cowboys. 

Chris Simms of NBC Sports reported on 105.3 The Fan's K&C Masterpiece show (h/t Saturday Down South's Michael Bratton) this week that Dallas has offered Prescott a five-year deal worth $175 million. 

The Cowboys have traditionally given their own players substantial long-term deals. Demarcus Lawrence, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, Jaylon Smith and La'El Collins have all signed extensions of at least five years since 2014. 

Starting quarterbacks have taken to signing shorter deals recently. Last year, for instance, Russell Wilson, Carson Wentz and Jared Goff all signed four-year extensions with their respective teams. 

In March, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano reported Prescott might prefer a shorter deal so he can become a free agent while still in his prime. The two-time Pro Bowler would hit the market at the age of 30 in 2024 if he gets a four-year extension from Dallas. 

One potential financial component to agreeing a short-term deal is the NFL's television contracts. John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal has reported the league hopes to sign new rights deals this year, with its current contracts with CBS, FOX and NBC set to expire after 2022; ESPN's deal for Monday Night Football expires after 2021. 

If the NFL's new TV rights deals increase from their current value—$5 billion annually—the salary cap will likely increase exponentially as soon as 2022. 

Prescott seems to be in a position of leverage with the Cowboys because he already has $31.4 million guaranteed in 2020 if he plays on the franchise tag. He is coming off the best season of his career with 4,902 yards, 30 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a 65.1 completion percentage.