Dak Prescott reiterates he's not nervous about Cowboys contract standing

by Christina S. Brown
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Dak Prescott felt disrespected 4 years in the past through the lengthy look ahead to his first massive payday as quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.

The 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Yr had been a discount as a fourth-round draft choose, and performed on the franchise tag earlier than signing the $160 million, four-year contract that expires after this upcoming season.

This time, it is totally different, with discuss of an extension, and no obvious progress firstly of offseason practices, two months earlier than coaching camp in California.

Prescott would not really feel disrespected, and would not lack endurance.

“Understanding the place I’m, what my pay means to a crew and to a company, I do not actually take issues private,” Prescott mentioned Wednesday. “Possibly in my first deal, possibly issues have been slightly totally different than they’re now. One, it is my age and who I’m, the place I’m in my life and I assume the truth that that first deal acquired finished.”

Prescott, who will flip 31 throughout coaching camp, is not the one important contract query for Dallas this offseason. All-Professional receiver CeeDee Lamb is coming into the fifth and closing yr of his rookie contract and in search of that first massive payday.

Lamb hasn’t attended offseason work on the Cowboys’ facility, and the following query is whether or not he reviews for obligatory minicamp in two weeks.

Star move rusher Micah Parsons is also absent, however below totally different circumstances. He is a yr away from being in Lamb’s scenario, and has made a behavior of coaching on his personal. Coach Mike McCarthy mentioned he believes Parsons will take part in offseason work subsequent week.

Prescott hasn’t missed any of the offseason. The three-time Professional Bowler is ready to play out the contract. He counts $55 million towards the wage cap this season, and can be a $40 million hit in lifeless cash subsequent yr with no new contract.

The Cowboys cannot commerce Prescott with out his approval, and may’t put the franchise tag on him. He sounds as if he will not spend a lot time worrying about whether or not a deal will get finished.

“I do not play for cash,” Prescott mentioned. “By no means have cared for it to be sincere with you. Yeah, would give it up simply to play this sport. So I (go away) that to the enterprise folks to say what it is value what they’re supposed to provide a quarterback of my play. An individual of my play, chief of my play.”

Dallas is coming off three consecutive 12-5 playoff seasons, however is the primary franchise to do this with out reaching a convention championship sport.

Prescott’s struggles early in a surprising 48-32 wild-card loss at dwelling to Inexperienced Bay in January linger within the minds of many, because the Cowboys’ streak of not attending to an NFC title sport reached 28 seasons.

Nonetheless, Prescott led the NFL in landing passes for the primary time in his profession with 36, partnering with Lamb to assist his No. 1 receiver attain profession bests in catches (an NFL-best 135), yards receiving (1,749) and touchdowns (12).

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Prescott and Lamb get collectively away from the crew facility sometimes, a part of the rationale Prescott is not fretting over missed time on activity with the Cowboys desperately in search of a postseason breakthrough.

“Clearly you are gonna miss him, miss having him round,” Prescott mentioned. “However I have been on this scenario. Enterprise is enterprise. He is acquired my assist and just about all people on this locker room. Hopefully he’ll get all his and all the pieces he deserves and is value.”

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Parsons hung out with Houston quarterback C.J. Stroud in China and jumped within the ring with a sumo wrestler in Tokyo.

The 2021 AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Yr was courtside final weekend when the Dallas Mavericks beat the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder in Sport 6 at dwelling to advance to the Western Convention finals.

McCarthy mentioned Parsons was on the crew’s facility final week as nicely.

“He really appears to be like nice,” McCarthy mentioned of the two-time All-Professional. “He is in wonderful form. So I do know what he is been doing, the place he is been doing it, so forth. He is absolutely preparing bodily, however he is been having one-on-one conferences so far as inside the construction of our operation right here within the offseason program. So he hasn’t missed something so far as what’s been put in.”

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