DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - NFL insider Michael Lombardi joined Shan and RJ on Wednesday morning to discuss the latest on Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.
Lombardi talked about why he believes the Cowboys are going to need to make Prescott an offer in the $40 million per year range to get a deal done with his agent Todd France.
"I think giving him what he wants is really going to be a challenge. Todd France isn't going to admit Patrick Mahomes is better than Dak, even though he is. He's not going to admit that Deshaun Watson is better than Dak, even though he is. ... Because of the situation, the market is so that it's no longer who's better and who deserves more, it's who can get more. I think that unless Jerry and Stephen are willing to get in that $40 million a year range near Deshaun Watson, they really don't have much more that they can do," Lombardi said.
"I think you've got to get Dak done to a contract that you can live with. The problem is, how do you do it if you have to franchise Dak. How do you work around that number? And that's the leverage that France has. France's leverage is the fact that you want to reduce your cap. Jerry and Stephen (Jones) will get it down but it'll keep them in gridlock for a while. So, now, you're putting it to Dak (and saying to him), 'Dak, do you want to win, or do you want to just hold us ransom? I mean, what do you want to do? The longer we go without doing a deal, you're just hurting yourself. Because we'll keep you at $45 million, or whatever the franchise tag number is, but you'll have nobody to block for you and you might get hurt again. If that's what you want, then go ahead and let's do that. But if you want to help the football team - If you want to win a championship like you talk about doing, then let's get some kind of deal done here so we can lower our cap number. I'm not trying to save money here. I'm trying to invest money into the team."
Lombardi also explained why he believes the news on Prescott's second surgery doesn't alarm him.
Listen to the interview in the video above or listen to the audio below.