Dak Prescott confident in his future with the Cowboys: ‘It’ll happen’

Dak Prescott sounded like a player confident in his future with the Dallas Cowboys, the only team he’s played with since they selected him in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

“I’m definitely confident,” Prescott said. “Obviously, it helps the team. It’s important for the (salary cap) numbers. I’ve heard Jerry (Jones) say that it is a process, both sides understand that. Everything is great. It’ll happen.”

Prescott spoke to reporters Monday at the Children’s Cancer Fund “A Knight to Remember” Gala that benefits children dealing with cancer. The Cowboys’ QB has regularly attended the Dallas event.

The surety with which Prescott spoke about an extension getting done was different from what the other side of the negotiation table expressed last week in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine. Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones and Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones both expressed strong interest in wanting to get an extension with Prescott done — for the benefit of the salary-cap situation as well as wanting their QB locked up for the long term. Although the desire was clear, the urgency and confidence was more reserved.

“We don’t need to (get a new contract done), but we can if everybody wants to solve it,” Jerry Jones said Friday. “If you can’t, what we have in place works.”

The Cowboys have ways to reduce Prescott’s nearly $60 million cap hit for the 2024 season without a contract extension. The clearest path forward would be to convert some of Prescott’s salary into a signing bonus. However, there are implications beyond the 2024 cap figure that come with the extension that hangs in the balance.

Prescott wasn’t alone in expressing confidence that a deal gets done. Cowboys Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, who spoke at the Gala on Monday, shared a similar sentiment.

“He’ll be here for a little while longer, and he should be,” Aikman said. “He’s proven he can play at a high level. I know they’ve come up short, as a team, the last few years but he’s been a great player in this league and his best years are still ahead of him.”

Prescott has entered the territory where he’s not just carrying the baggage for past failures anymore. His own contributions to that drought factor heavily to the perception, and all of that contributes to the dialogue around Prescott’s next contract. Whether next season will be Prescott’s last in Dallas, he has been gearing up for his next chapter. He knows things have to change.

“A lot of time to myself, I guess you could say, just being home allowed me to shut the door on that and turn the page to workouts and the offseason,” Prescott said. “Try to figure out what needs to get better and change things.”

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