Who on earth does Dak Prescott think he is? Sure, the former NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year is an established franchise QB who led his team to multiple playoff runs before turning 26, but his latest salary demands in his quest for a contract extension from the Dallas Cowboys just feel unreal.
As insider Jane Slater reports, Prescott turned down an offer valued at an average annual value of $30 million per year because he wants an AAV of $40 million instead.
Dak is in line to make just $2.025 million this year, the final season of his rookie deal. It's also worth noting that even this humble figure is more than he made in the first three seasons of his career combined (such is the life of a fourth-round pick). But $40 million per season? That would make him the highest-paid player in the history of the NFL, based on average max salary per season.
Sheesh. Russell Wilson, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, and Aaron Rodgers all have Super Bowl rings. Matt Ryan is a league MVP. If the reporting is accurate, what would Prescott think he's done to deserve not just to out-earn these guys in terms of AAV, but blow them right out of the water?
To be fair, Mike Florio and the PFT crew aren't buying Slater's report one bit.
A player and his agent should shoot for the stars. Nothing is a given in a sport like football; careers can end in the blink of an eye due to any number of injuries. For Dak to turn down $30 million a year is one thing, but to demand what would be far and away an all-time record-setting deal just doesn't add up. For Jerry Jones and Co., this may as well be a non-starter.