One of the biggest questions of the off-season was answered Monday night as Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott agreed to a four-year contract. The move not only locks up the Cowboys’ passer, it prevents him from receiving the Franchise Tag for the second year in a row.
The contract is for four years and up to $164 million, including a $66 million signing bonus and $75 million of total cash in 2021 alone. It’s a huge deal for an emerging star on the field and in fantasy. It’s also one of the biggest off-season dominos, ensuring the Cowboys are no longer in the market for a franchise quarterback.
Prescott has been a star in Dallas since he was drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 draft. He’s started 69 games in five seasons, amassing a 42-27 record, 17,634 yards and 106 TDs. He’s also rushed for 1,314 yards and 24 TDs rushing. Prescott threw for 4,902 yards and 30 TDs in 2019, finishing as QB2. He was on pace for a huge 2020 as well before a broken ankle ended his season in the Cowboys’ fifth game.
Prescott finished 2020 with 1,856 yards and nine TDs in those games, still finishing as QB33 in fantasy despite playing only about a quarter of the season. Dallas floundered with Prescott on injured reserve but figures to have one of the best offenses in the league with him back at the helm.
Prescott is an easy Top 5 quarterback in dynasty, and figures to be locked in for a Top 5 fantasy finish in 2020. His weapons—including receivers CeeDee Lamb, Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup along with top running back Ezekiel Elliott—all figure to be strong fantasy options, too. In short, if you’ve got a piece of the Cowboys’ offense, it’s wheels up in 2021.
Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.