Prescott and the Cowboys exchanged initial extension offers before the end of the team's offseason program, Jori Epstein of USA Today reports.
Prescott and Amari Cooper are entering contract seasons, while Ezekiel Elliott is under team control through 2020 thanks to the fifth-year option for first-round picks. The young quarterback said it's viable for each player to rank near the top of his position in contract value, noting how the NFL salary cap consistently has risen in recent years (six straight seasons with an increase of at least $10 million). Prescott is correct in his belief, but that doesn't mean it will be an easy process to figure out the details of the respective contracts. The Cowboys didn't have any holdouts from mandatory minicamp in June.
Discussions with Prescott about a contract extension are in progress according to Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News reports.
With defensive end Demarcus Lawrence locked up, Prescott and Amari Cooper are next in line for extensions, followed by Ezekiel Elliott. The 25-year-old quarterback hasn't quite delivered on the promise of his rookie season, but he does provide durability (zero missed games), a winning record (32-16), rushing ability (18 touchdowns) and respectable passing efficiency (66.1 completion percentage, 7.4 yards per attempt). There's also a reasonable expectation for improvement in 2019, with Cooper spending a full season in Dallas and Randall Cobb replacing Cole Beasley (Bills) in the slot. On the other hand, Prescott was charged with 56 sacks and 12 fumbles in 2018, despite playing behind a solid offensive line. His decision-making under pressure is still a major issue.
Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones suggested Prescott has earned a contract extension, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports. "You look at a quarterback that has had the success [Prescott]'s had," Jones said Tuesday. "He's done everything the right way. I think he deserves to have his contract looked at in a very progressive way."
Prescott is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and while he hasn't quite built on his debut campaign the way the Cowboys were hoping, there's no doubt he's a starting-caliber quarterback. His status as a fourth-round pick eliminates the possibility of a fifth-year option, but the team does have the threat of a franchise tag to provide some leverage for negotiations. Prescott and the Cowboys will try to reach an agreement on a long-term extension this offseason.
Prescott completed 20 of 32 pass attempts for 266 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 30-22 loss to the Rams. He added three rushing yards and another touchdown on two carries.
Prescott was asked to do the heavy lifting offensively with Ezekiel Elliott being contained on the ground (20 carries for 47 yards). The 25-year-old did a good job of spreading the ball around after it became apparent that the Rams wanted to key in on Amari Cooper early on. Despite his solid play, Prescott's season comes to an end. The third-year arm finished the regular season with a new career high in passing yards (3,885) with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Still, his numbers pale in comparison to higher-end fantasy quarterbacks, as Prescott's real-life value far exceeds his fantasy output.
Prescott completed 22 of 33 pass attempts for 226 yards, one touchdown and one interception Saturday against the Seahawks. He also carried six times for 29 yards and a touchdown during the 24-22 win.
Prescott completed 67 percent of his passes and connected with eight different receivers. He threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Michael Gallup just before halftime and led a pair of scoring drives in the fourth quarter, including one which he capped off with a one-yard plunge to paydirt. In the process, Prescott became the youngest quarterback to win a playoff game in team history and now has more game-winning drives under his belt since entering the league than any other quarterback. He'll need to put on another terrific performance next weekend, whether going up against the Saints or the Rams.
Prescott completed 27 of 44 pass attempts for 387 yards and four touchdowns during Sunday's 36-35 win over the Giants.
Prescott acknowledged the possibility of sitting out part of the game, but he hung in until the very end and delivered perhaps his finest performance of the season. He hooked up with Blake Jarwin for three touchdowns before a 32-yard strike to Cole Beasley, which he followed up with the decisive two-point conversion. Prescott struggled over the last two games, so this was a positive way to close out the regular season. The 25-year-old, who finishes the campaign with 3,885 passing yards, 26 total touchdowns and eight interceptions, will now turn his attention to next week's wild-card game at home.
Prescott said he plans to play every snap Sunday against the Giants, but he acknowledged the possibility that doesn't happen, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Locked in as the No. 4 seed in the NFC, the Cowboys seemingly intend to use their usual starters but likely will sub players out at some point in the game. Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have both said they're ready to handle their usual workloads, while star pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence took a more realistic approach, saying there's no way he will play all four quarters, per Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Prescott seems to be in line for the Week 17 start, but there's a good chance Cooper Rush eventually fills in at quarterback.
Prescott completed 20 of 25 passes for 161 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Cowboys' 27-20 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also gained two yards and scored another touchdown on four rushes.
Prescott did what he had to do to keep the Cowboys ahead, flinging a four-yard touchdown pass to Michael Gallup late in the third quarter, a score preceded by a seven-yard rushing TD in the first quarter that knotted the game at 7-7. The touchdown on the ground was Prescott's sixth of the campaign, while his 80.0 percent completion rate was his second in the last four contests. Prescott's passing yardage totals have been positively pedestrian the last two games -- 206 and 161, respectively -- but his mistake-free effort Sunday proved to be enough to allow the Cowboys to clinch the NFC East. Prescott's level of participation in a Week 17 regular-season finale versus the Giants is to be determined.
Prescott completed 24 of 39 pass attempts for 206 yards and one interception during Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Colts.
Prescott completed 62 percent of his passes, but he struggled to generate plays down the field while averaging 5.3 yards per attempt. He failed to get rid of the ball on a couple of crucial sacks, and he threw an interception on the final drive while trying to get his team on the board. Prescott's poor performance comes at an inopportune time for fantasy owners who chose to deploy him following his huge performance last week, when he posted a new career high in passing yardage. He'll look to bounce back in a much more favorable matchup at home against the Buccaneers in Week 16.
Prescott completed 42 of 54 pass attempts for 455 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's 29-23 overtime win over the Eagles.
Prescott had been fairly dormant through the majority of three quarters, but his arm caught fire in the fourth and overtime periods, resulting in several career-best figures. The 25-year-old normally produces stat lines resembling a game manager, but he tore the top off a vulnerable Eagles secondary. The addition of Amari Cooper at the trade deadline has certainly improved Prescott's play. The signal caller is averaging 285.7 passing yards in six games with his new weapon, compared to 202.4 yards per game over the previous seven contests. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect many more 400-yard performances, especially considering Prescott hadn't reached the 300-yard mark once prior to Sunday's explosion. Still, he should have a decent floor against a middle-of-the-pack Colts secondary in Week 15.
Prescott completed 24 of 28 passes for 248 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Cowboys' 13-10 win over the Saints on Thursday. He also rushed five times for 22 yards and fumbled twice, recovering one.
Prescott was razor sharp in terms of completion percentage and averaged a solid 8.9 yards per attempt. He also managed to stay interception-free for the fourth straight game. However, he was sacked seven times and couldn't hold on to the ball on two of them, with the second one transpiring with 2:42 remaining at the Saints' 15-yard line. Cameron Jordan forced and recovered a fumble on a jarring hit of the Dallas quarterback, but the potentially-costly mistake was neutralized by a Jourdan Lewis interception of Drew Brees just two plays later. Prescott has now posted a completion rate of over 70.0 percent in three of his past four games, and he once again displayed impressive chemistry with Amari Cooper, hitting the receiver on eight occasions for 75 yards. Prescott will look to curb his fumbling issues and help the Cowboys to their fifth straight win in a Week 14 divisional showdown against the Eagles on Dec. 9.
Prescott completed 22 of 31 pass attempts for 289 yards and two touchdowns Thursday against the Redskins. He also carried six times for 18 yards and a touchdown during his team's 31-23 win.
Prescott completed 71 percent of his pass attempts and averaged 9.3 yards per attempt as he set a new season high in passing yardage. He was having a rather pedestrian game until the third quarter, when he connected with Amari Cooper for touchdowns of 40 and 90 yards on back-to-back drive. Prescott also continued a string of nice contributions as a ball carrier, scoring his fifth rushing touchdown in the last six games with a nifty five-yard run in the fourth. He's playing his best football of the season and will need to keep it up next Thursday against the high-flying Saints.
Prescott completed 22 of 32 pass attempts for 208 yards during Sunday's 22-19 win over the Falcons. He also carried four times for five yards and a touchdown.
Prescott didn't generate many big plays, though he went without a turnover for the second straight game and converted some important third downs to sustain drives. One of his most crucial contributions came on a four-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, which put his team ahead for the first time. Prescott doesn't do much damage through the air most weeks, but he's boosted his fantasy value with three rushing touchdowns in his last four games. He enjoyed a productive game against the Redskins in Week 7 and will look to put on a repeat performance as they pay Dallas a visit in a Week 12 Thanksgiving matchup.
Prescott completed 26 of 36 pass attempts for 270 yards and a touchdown, adding nine yards and another touchdown on six carries in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Eagles.
Fresh off a vote of confidence from his owner earlier this week, Prescott led his team to a key division victory in a hostile environment. After a slow start to the year, the 25-year-old has begun to pick things up over his last four games, averaging 242.3 passing yards per game to go along with six touchdowns to just one interception. Not known for his mobility, Prescott has also helped his fantasy stock with 135 yards and three more scores over that four-game span. The signal caller doesn't have the greatest upside, but he could be a sneaky play against a porous Falcons pass defense Week 11.
Owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday on his weekly radio show that Prescott remains the Cowboys' starting quarterback both this season and for the foreseeable future, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News. "Listen, Dak is the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys," Jones said. "He's young and he's going to get extended."
After a highly impressive rookie campaign in which he displaced the since-retired Tony Romo as the No. 1 signal-caller, Prescott has regressed over the subsequent season and a half. Through eight games in 2018, Prescott has already turned the ball more often (five interceptions, four lost fumbles) than he did while starting throughout his rookie season (four interceptions, four lost fumbles). Two of those turnovers came in Monday's game against the Titans, with the Cowboys taking a 28-14 loss in that contest to drop their record to 3-5 for the season. Though the Cowboys now appear on track to miss the playoffs for the second consecutive year under Prescott's stewardship, the 25-year-old is still a major bargain as a passable NFL starting quarterback on a rookie deal. He'll be less valuable once his contract expires after the 2019 season, but based on Jones' comments, it sounds like the Cowboys intend to work out a new deal to keep him in the fold long term. Unless Prescott's productivity takes a dramatic turn for the worse in the second half of the season, look for the quarterback and the front office to engage on preliminary extension talks during the offseason.
Prescott completed 21 of 31 passes for 243 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Monday night's 28-14 loss to the Titans. He also rushed twice for 11 yards and lost a fumble.
Prescott got Dallas into scoring position on each of its first three drives, but experienced mixed results following a missed field goal to start. After hooking up with new weapon Amari Cooper on a four-yard touchdown on the Cowboys' second series, Prescott forced a throw in the end zone to Cooper on the team's third possession, resulting in an interception. While Prescott would find Allen Hurns for a 23-yard score before halftime, one of the five sacks he took resulted in a lost fumble early in the third quarter. Unable to get much going afterward, it was overall another frustrating performance for Dallas' offense, even though Prescott passed for multiple scores for the third time this season. To make matters worse, the team now faces a Week 10 trip to the defending-champion Eagles.
Prescott completed 22 of 35 passing attempts for 273 yards, a touchdown and two lost fumbles while adding 33 yards and another score on six carries in Sunday's 20-17 loss to Washington.
Prescott had another difficult game on the road and was fortunate to find the end zone for a 1-yard score after the Cowboys had fallen behind by 10 in the fourth quarter, thanks in part to his fumble-six at the Washington goal line just minutes before. The 25-year-old was even more fortunate to have finished the game at all as he took a vicious hit while trying to lunge for a first down in the first quarter. He also had his hand looked at while on the sideline after the play and reportedly was given some smelling salts before reentering but ultimately was able to stick around and keep the Cowboys in the game until the end. The 25-year-old will certainly be monitored for any concussion symptoms in the following days, but he'll have an extra week to recover as the Cowboys head into a Week 8 bye.
Prescott completed 17 of 27 pass attempts for 183 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Jaguars. He also carried 11 times for 82 yards and another score in the 40-7 win.
Prescott connected time and again with Cole Beasley, who accounted for 101 yards and a pair of touchdowns through the air. He notched a career high in rushing yards and scored his first rushing touchdown of the season with a 17-yard run in the first quarter. Prescott avoided turning the ball over against the vaunted Jags defense and has six total touchdowns compared to zero interceptions through three home games this season. He hasn't been quite as successful on the road to this point and will look to change that next Sunday against the Redskins.
Prescott completed 18 of 29 passes for 208 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions during Sunday's 19-16 overtime loss to the Texans. He also rushed six times for 34 yards.
Prescott's unfortunate trouble with deflected interceptions continued Sunday, as the quarterback had two more passes bounce off his receivers' hands and into the possession of the other team -- which was exactly the case with Prescott's two other interceptions on the year. Furthermore, the third-year quarterback again posted underwhelming passing stats, including a 62.1 percent completion rate and 7.2 YPA. At this point, there's no question the Cowboys offense is at its best when it commits to feeding running back Ezekiel Elliott, and it'd be a surprise if Dallas opted to do anything else in Week 6 when the Jaguars' elite passing defense comes to town.
Prescott completed 17 of 27 pass attempts for 255 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 26-24 win over the Lions.
Prescott averaged a healthy 9.4 yards per attempt as he set a new season high in yardage. He connected with Ezekiel Elliott for a 38-yard touchdown in the second quarter and found Geoff Swaim from one yard out for another score in the third. Perhaps Prescott's most impressive moment came with just seconds left in the game on a deep ball to Elliott to set up the winning field goal. After three consecutive games under 175 passing yards to start the season, Prescott looked more like the 2016 version of himself in this one and could be rounding into form now. He'll look to build on this effort next Sunday night against Houston.
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