A Cowboys front office with a young, talented core has decisions to make as early as this spring.
Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence caps off another double-digit sack year after playing on the franchise tag. Cornerback Byron Jones emerges from his first Pro Bowl year entering the last season of his rookie deal. Quarterback Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper will be unrestricted free agents in 2020, which also would mark the fifth-year option for running back Ezekiel Elliott.
What does all this mean for Prescott as he looks to lock up an extension?
“I think the team knows how to pay what’s deserved,” Prescott told USA TODAY Sports before the Super Bowl, “and pay those other people at the same time what’s deserved without being frugal.”
The Cowboys and Prescott, represented by NFL agent Todd France, will need to reach agreement on what exactly constitutes frugal.
Through three years, the Cowboys have enjoyed a bargain on their starting quarterback. The 2016 fourth-round pick's salary cap hit of $725,848 in 2018 ranked 55th among NFL passers. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ average annual value of $33.5 million clocks in just below 50 (49.2) times as expensive as Prescott’s ($680,848). Fourteen players at the position in total had cap figures in excess of $20 million last year.