Dak Prescott won't be hitting the open market. Instead of another offseason of uncertainty, Prescott and the Cowboys have come to terms on a four-year, $160 million contract that includes $126 million in guaranteed money. The Cowboys quarterback is signed through the 2024 season.
Prescott's deal comes less than a year after Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs struck a whopping 10-year contract extension that will keep the former league and Super Bowl MVP in Missouri through the 2031 season. While Mahomes' contract remains the gold standard, Prescott's $66 million singing bonus is the highest in league history.
How, exactly, do the rest of the league's QBs stack up in terms of contracts, though? Here's a rundown of the top 20 highest-paid signal-callers entering the 2021 season:
|Player||Team||Contract Length||Average Per Year||Year Signed|
|Dak Prescott||Cowboys||4 years||$42M**||2021|
|Ben Roethlisberger||Steelers||2 years||$34M*||2019|
|Aaron Rodgers||Packers||4 years||$33.5M||2018|
|Kirk Cousins||Vikings||2 years||$33M||2020|
|Carson Wentz||Eagles*||4 years||$32M||2019|
|Dak Prescott||Cowboys||1 year||$31.4M||2020|
|Matt Ryan||Falcons||5 years||$30M||2018|
|Jimmy Garoppolo||49ers||5 years||$27.5M||2018|
|Matthew Stafford||Lions*||5 years||$27M||2017|
|Derek Carr||Raiders||5 years||$25M||2017|
|Drew Brees||Saints||2 years||$25M||2020|
|Tom Brady||Buccaneers||2 years||$25M||2020|
|Teddy Bridgewater||Panthers||3 years||$21M||2020|
*Mahomes' deal is worth $477 million but can top out at $503 million -- so he will earn at least $47 million annually. Roethlisberger adjusted his salary this offseason while accepting a $5 million pay decrease. Goff and Stafford swapped teams during a trade between the Rams and Lions earlier this offseason. Wentz was traded from Philadelphia to Indianapolis earlier this offseason.
**Prescott will make an average of $42 million per year for the first three years of his contract.
While Prescott has received his long-awaited contract, several other notable quarterbacks are still in search of long-term deals. Among those quarterbacks include Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract.