Like Carson Wentz did Thursday, Dak Prescot will soon become a $30-million man and join the ranks of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL. When it comes to their contract extensions, don't be surprised if Prescott gets the few dollars more he deserves over Wentz.
The bar for QB pay was raised April 16, when the Seahawks' Russell Wilson became the highest-paid NFL player at any position. The Seattle QB earned an average annual salary of $35 million with $70 million of his four-year, $140 million deal guaranteed. Wentz did not bump Wilson from the top in terms of average annual salary, and the Cowboys will be justified if they pay more for Prescott than the Eagles paid for Wentz.
Wilson can still be helpful as a launching point for Prescott's case. As a rookie third-round pick who shattered expectations back in 2012, Wilson was vastly under-compensated during his first three seasons, averaging around $730,000 in salary. Prescott, a fourth-rounder in 2016, has made about $630,000 per season. In contrast, Wentz, the No. 2 overall pick in the same draft, has already made $18 million-plus.
Determining which QB has brought more value to his team early in his career is tricky. Prescott sparkled as a rookie in leading the Cowboys to the NFC's best record before a rough second season. Wentz, who took typical rookie lumps, had an MVP-caliber season in Year 2 before he tore his ACL that December.