Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys have yet to agree on a contract extension. The two parties have been unable to come to terms for the past two offseasons. It remains to be seen whether or not one side blinks this time around.

There are mixed thoughts about whether or not the Cowboys will ink their franchise quarterback. Dallas would be smart to lock up their signal caller, but the Cowboys appear to be holding out for a hometown discount. That seems unlikely, considering Prescott has played below market rate for his entire career.

Prescott is reportedly wanting to become the second-highest paid player in league history. It makes sense for him to want to cash-in now after playing on a fourth-round rookie contract. The Cowboys, however, seemingly want to cut corners at the most important position in sports.

Another twist in this situation is that the Cowboys hold a top-10 draft pick in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. While Dallas not yet been linked to drafting a quarterback in the first-round, there is a ton of talent at the position in the class. Until Prescott is under contract long-term, it would be foolish to completely rule out quarterback for the Cowboys.

Ironically, one of the top quarterbacks in the class has been compared to Dak Prescott. 

Justin Fields
Jan 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (1) against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2021 CFP National Championship Game. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Dak Prescott is considered to be one of the best quarterbacks in all of football. His accuracy and mechanics have improved each season, he has developed into a high-level passer, and his leadership abilities are second-to-none. Still, the Cowboys have yet to reward him.

It seems unlikely at this point that the Cowboys make a move for another quarterback this offseason. That said, nothing should be off of the table until a decision is made on the Prescott contract saga.

Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence is a virtual lock to be the top quarterback — and player — drafted in April. After him, though, is a mixed bag of opinions regarding the second best quarterback in the class. BYU’s Zach Wilson, Ohio State’s Justin Fields, and North Dakota State’s Trey Lance have all received QB2 hype. Even Alabama’s Mac Jones is rising up boards.

As many as four quarterbacks could potentially be drafted in the top-5. It would not be a huge shock to see all five of the top passers go inside the top-10. That means the Cowboys would likely have to move up a little bit if one of these names intrigue them.

Fields would be the best fit for the Cowboys if Dallas opts to move on from Prescott. He is an athletic, big-armed quarterback that excelled on big stages. A former five-star recruit, Fields immediately became one of the best players in college football when he transferred from Georgia to Ohio State.

Fields led the Buckeyes to a 20-2 record over two seasons — with both losses coming in the College Football Playoffs. He recorded an outrageous 63-to-9 touchdown-to-interception ratio during his career with the Buckeyes.

Furthermore, Fields has been compared to Dak Prescott during the early stages of the draft process. The Draft Scout‘s Matt Miller and The Ringer‘s Danny Kelly have each made the comparison. They aren’t the only two to do so, either.

NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah wrote that Fields is “similar” to Prescott prior to the 2020 college season. Good Morning Football’s Peter Schrager became the latest analyst to see the similarities between the two passers.

“So what’s the comparison for Fields? I know a lot of scouts love what he brings,” Schrager said. “I’m going to give one that I haven’t seen. I think he reminds me of Dak Prescott, same, similar thick kind of build, has a good arm. Great legs.”

Fields is an intriguing prospect that could be drafted as high as second overall. He possesses a talented skillset and a pretty impressive resume to this point. If the Cowboys do decide to move on from Prescott, drafting Fields would be the best route to go.

Signing Dak Prescott would be in the Dallas Cowboys’ best interest. However, everything seems to be on the table right now.

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