DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The same topic of discussion has been argued about over and over again for the last two seasons.
With quarterback Dak Prescott and the Cowboys free to negotiate a contract extension for the second straight offseason, the topic is being brought back to the forefront.
'Should Dak Prescott take less money on his next contract to help the Cowboys build a better team around him because he'll make even more money in endorsements as the quarterback of America's Team than any other team he signs with?'
Former NFL quarterback Carson Palmer joined 105.3 The Fan on Thursday morning and said that's exactly what Prescott should do.
"I love Dak's game. I think he's great. I think he shouldn't shoot for the moon (on his next contract)," Palmer said on Shan and RJ. "Being the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, there's a lot that comes with that financially. So, you don't have to be the top-paid quarterback in the league. You can make as much as the top-paid quarterback in the league when you're the Dallas Cowboys quarterback if you do take less. Because, if you win in Dallas, look at today's television networks. You got Troy Aikman (Fox analyst), Jason Witten (former Monday Night Football analyst) and Tony Romo (CBS analyst) all on nationally televised games. Partially, because of their playing careers, but a majority of that is because they played for the Dallas Cowboys. They are a household name. You've seen Dak on tons of commercials and endorsements. You can make that same top-tier money if you're Dak and you take a little bit less, and you keep all the players around you within the salary cap structure."
According to 105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher, Dallas offered their star quarterback a five-year deal last year with an average of $35 million per year with $106 million in virtual guarantees. However, his agent Todd France held firm in his ask of a four-year contract to allow his client to re-enter the market after the NFL's next television deal kicks in.
Since then, Patrick Mahomes signed a mega-deal worth up to $503 million and Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson received a four-year, $160 million deal.
Prescott made $31.4 million under the franchise tag last season and projects to earn around $38 million under the tag in 2021 if he and the Cowboys fail to come to an agreement by March. 9.