Reaching a multi-year deal with quarterback Dak Prescott remains the No. 1 priority for the Dallas Cowboys, but that’s proven to be a difficult hurdle to clear for the most valuable franchise in the NFL. The Cowboys have been in contract negotiations with Prescott dating all the way back to this past offseason, with the former Mississippi State star reportedly asking at one point for a deal in the ballpark of $40 million per year. Time is of the essence, too, with the close of the franchise tag window on March 10 rapidly approaching.
Make no mistake about it: Prescott’s reported request is a tough ask, especially considering that Cowboys also still need to re-sign other key players among the likes of wide receiver Amari Cooper and defensive back Byron Jones this offseason. The puzzle has proved to be enough for famed Dallas Cowboys running back and three-time Super Bowl champion Emmitt Smith to offer his advice for Prescott amid negotiations:
Take a discount, so to speak, for the sake of his teammates.
“Dak has to understand to maybe take another perspective,” Smith said during a recent appearance on The Adam Lefkoe Show. “The perspective might not be all the money that you get, but how much you’re willing to leave on the table, because the Cowboys are a marketable organization. If you’re the face of the franchise, instead of taking $35 million, would you take $28 million and leave some for Amari (Cooper) and pick up the rest through endorsements?”
#Cowboys HOF Emmitt Smith on
Dak Prescott’s contract situation:
“How much money are you willing to leave on the table? The Cowboys are a marketable organization…
— Adam Lefkoe (@AdamLefkoe) February 19, 2020
Smith, of course, is all too familiar with the headaches that can occur during contract negotiations. In 1993, Smith missed all of training camp and the first two games of the regular season during a holdout for a new contract with Dallas. After an 0-2 start, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made the call to sign Smith to a four year 13.6 million dollar deal, which made him the NFL’s highest-paid running back at the time. The Cowboys went on to repeat as Super Bowl champions that season — the team’s last under head coach Jimmy Johnson.
Smith admitted that while he desired an even larger deal than what was ultimately handed to him during that saga from 27 years ago, he ultimately realized that he needed to come to terms with reality.
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SOURCE: 247 Sport, Dean Straka