Dak Prescott isn’t worried about being the highest paid NFL player, or even the highest-paid quarterback.
The Cowboys star said the way mega contracts and the salary cap for the NFL are trending, eventually every good player will be able to sign a lucrative deal.
“For somebody to say you can only take so much because of the salary cap or you can only do this or that, I don’t know how fair that is to say,” Prescott said, via USA Today. “Because with gambling, with everything going into this league, everything is going to continue to keep going up. It’s important for all these guys to get every bit of their worth.
“I want to see (running back) Zeke (Elliott) the highest paid. I want to see (receiver) Amari (Cooper) the highest paid. I want to see myself up there. And I don’t think any of that is too far-fetched. Because at the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, a year or two later, you’re not going to be the highest paid. That’s just the way the game goes.”
The Cowboys and Prescott have been working on getting a deal signed, but Prescott said the bigger contract isn’t going to make him a different or more successful player.
“Success is such a big umbrella in my eyes,” Prescott said. “I don’t even think about judging myself or taking the pros and cons, pluses and minuses of what I did to reach that until I hang up the cleats. So for me it’s about just being the best I can and making sure I’m getting better each and every year in all those aspects of life.
“It’s much bigger than to say I’ve reached success or I’ve earned my money or earned what people put the dollar amount as worth. It’s bigger than that.”
Along with Prescott, Cooper and Elliott are due for extensions. Prescott is sent to earn just over $2 million in base salary this season, which is the final year of his rookie contract. Elliott had the fifth year of his rookie deal picked up and Cooper is scheduled to make $13.9 million this season on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract the Raiders had already picked up.
Prescott said the conversations are moving along when it comes to negotiations.
“I mean, steps have to be made,” Prescott said Monday. “They’re simple steps. For the most part, obviously you want to get closure and obviously you want to get it done, but the Cowboys probably feel the same way that I do: Nobody wants to take anything that’s not fair to the other.”