The Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott decided to shut down all speculation once and for all. They agreed to a 4-year, $160 million dollar contract extension that guarantees that he'll be their starting quarterback for many years to come.
Prescott's future was up in the air after he had rejected multiple offers and suffered a gruesome season-ending injury, with some people claiming that the Cowboys would either let him walk and find a new quarterback, or use the franchise tag on him.
Now, Dak is due for a big payday and will look to silence his doubters. He was having an MVP-caliber season before his injury, and it's clear that the Cowboys trust him as one of the most promising gunslingers in the NFL.
Dak Prescott Says He'll Be Healthy And Ready To Start The Season
More importantly, that contract pretty much means that the Cowboys know that Prescott's recovery is going as planned. In fact, he said at his press conference that he'll be ready for the season:
“I thought about jogging and jumping up on the stage, but I don’t know if y’all are ready for that," Prescott joked. “But I’m healthy. As I said, I control what I control. I followed the doctor’s orders the whole time, put in my own work ethic to it and you saw me walking out here. I’ve been on that field back there. I’m healthy. I’m getting close. But I’ll be ready when it matters.”
Prescott Says He Always Knew He'd Stay With The Dallas Cowboys
Dak Prescott went on to add that he grew up a Cowboys fan and that he's comfortable with the idea of being with the team for his entire career as Troy Aikman, Tony Romo, Roger Staubach, and Danny White once did:
“Through this whole time, I never had any doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t be here,” Prescott said. “I control the things I control. I have a great agent that I trust, Todd France, and obviously he did a great job. (...) With that being said, I never had any doubt that I wouldn’t be here, that this deal wouldn’t get done and be right for the both of us and be right for the organization and everybody invested. I’m just thankful."
"I grew up a Dallas Cowboy fan. Never in a million years did I imagine not being a Cowboy once I put on this uniform and put on the star. Through it all, through the two years I guess you could say or more, there was never a slight doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t wear the star for the rest of my life. (...) I’m a Cowboy, and this is only the beginning," Dak concluded.
Obviously, there will always be concerns when a player is coming off such a tough injury. But judging by his words, Prescott is ready to prove the doubters wrong and demonstrate that he's worthy of every single penny.