Quarterback Dak Prescott believes a new deal with the Dallas Cowboys will happen this offseason.
“I’m confident a new contract is coming. I’m confident in my agent and my team and I’m confident in the Cowboys that something will get done,” he said in an interview published Thursday with ESPN’s Sage Steele.
Prescott, 26, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent when the NFL year begins on March 18.
Prescott told Steele there were many reasons why he was unable to reach an agreement with the Cowboys before the start of last season.
“There’s a lot of things that have to come into play when you’re talking about a contract. Never just look at the money, never just look at what people see or the attention-grabber. There’s a lot of details to it,” he said. “There’s people that know that handle that, so I’m leaving that up to my agent and I have all the confidence in both sides.”
The Cowboys are coming off an 8-8 season and have a new head coach in Mike McCarthy, but re-signing Prescott remains their “No. 1 priority” this offseason, according to executive vice president Stephen Jones.
“It’s been urgent for us,” Jones said earlier this month, according to the Dallas Morning News. “We certainly want to get that done. That’s our No. 1 priority as we go into the offseason is to … hopefully find some resolution to it and get that done.”
A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Prescott made $2.12 million in 2019 in the final season of his rookie contract.
After being unable to agree on a long-term deal last summer, he enjoyed the best statistical season of his career, throwing for a career-high 4,902 yards and 30 touchdown passes in leading the Cowboys’ top-ranked offense (431.5 total yards per game).
Prescott told ESPN the contract distractions didn’t affect his focus on the field.
“I don’t play the game for money. Never once in my life have I touched a football and thought about money,” he said. “I play the game because of my love and my passion, so once the season began, that’s all my focus was on, was my love of the game and my commitment to my teammates to go get something done, to get the job done. We all had a shared responsibility and a promise to go after something and it had nothing to do about individual bank accounts or what was to come, so it never crossed my mind.”
A franchise tag for 2020 would cost the Cowboys more than $33 million, with the salary going past $40 million in 2021 on a potential second franchise tag if no agreement is reached, according to an NFL.com report in the fall.