Dak Prescott is looking like he will be the man to get paid first among the many Cowboys who are coming up on their next contracts.
Dallas looks like it’s going to make Prescott’s contract its primary focus in the coming months, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
“I think what they’re trying to do is they’re trying to prioritize people and it sounds like Dak is the first priority,” Schefter told Omnisport on Monday in associating with Buffalo Wild Wings’ Wing Tuesdays, featuring buy one get one free traditional wings.
“Now, there will be talks this week between Zeke (Elliott) and the Cowboys and we’ll see if they can make any progress, get something done, but if not, then I think Dak is the guy, the first guy that they want to get under contract.”
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Prescott is in the final year of his rookie deal with the Cowboys and is due to make $2.025 million this season. Dallas picked up Elliott’s fifth-year option before the season and he is due to make $9.099 million this season.
Elliott has been in negotiations with the team and there were reports last week that if the Cowboys don’t handle that situation correctly, it could go sideways fast. He might hold out during training camp in hopes of getting a new deal or simply to try to limit the wear and tear on his body going into the season.
But it’s a situation the Cowboys are going to have to deal with no matter what since they have several players up for contract beyond Prescott and Elliott. Amari Cooper is in the final year of his rookie deal as is Byron Jones.
All of this is further complicated after Carson Wentz signed a massive extension with the Eagles. Prescott could ask for more money because of how their numbers stack up against each other.
But the Cowboys also complicated things themselves by giving DeMarcus Lawrence a five-year, $105 million deal this offseason. He is worth the money, but now the team has even less to work with and they might lose some players because of it.
“Everybody wants to get paid, right?” Schefter said. “Dak wants to get paid, Amari wants to get paid, Jaylon Smith wants to get paid, Byron Jones wants to get paid, Zeke wants to get paid, everybody wants money, and you can’t afford to pay everybody everything, it just doesn’t happen that way.”