The Dallas Cowboys are at a crossroads at the quarterback position. Dak Prescott is an unrestricted free agent but has shown plenty of interest to resign with Dallas. However, Jerry Jones admitted Prescott has leverage when it comes to contract negotiations.
If the Cowboys want any shot at becoming title contenders next season Dak has to be the guy under center. When #4 is on the field Dallas always has a chance to win. As it sits Prescott could be looking at a record-breaking contract. If an agreement can’t be made, Dallas will have a tough time picking a quarterback with the 10th overall pick.
So, what does Dallas do if Jones and Dak Prescott can’t agree to a deal? Where does Dallas look at the quarterback position? There are a few potential candidates available other than rookies Dallas can acquire to make a run at the playoffs.
This might sound crazy. Andrew Luck has not played a down of NFL football since he took a leave of absence from the Indianapolis Colts in 2019. However, the number one overall pick in 2012 still has juice in the tank. Luck retired due to injuries. After a year and change since he has laced up his cleats, it’s safe to say Luck could have an itch to return to a sport he has played his entire life.
There is no better place in the NFL for Luck to jumpstart his career. Dallas has all the weapons in the world for Luck to showcase what he has left. At 31, it’s hard to imagine Luck wouldn’t at least consider a return to the gridiron. Luck took the Colts to the playoffs four times in his six-year tenure.
Offering Luck around a one year $20 million contract does not seem too ludicrous for a Dallas team without Dak that’s still built to win now. It’s hard to believe Luck has not thrown a football since he has retired. After watching a season from home, it wouldn’t be shocking to think a few teams wouldn’t at least reach out to the Stanford grad.
Over the last few days, rumors have spread like wildfire that Deshaun Watson wants out of Houston. Dallas would have to make a blockbuster move to add the 25 year old. The chances Dallas could acquire the three time pro bowler is slim to none. The Cowboys would have to throw the kitchen sink for a guy like Watson. Although, if they could manage to strike a deal, Dallas wouldn’t lose a step.
The Clemson Tiger just inked a four-year extension worth $160 million with the Texans. Watson will make $39 million per year starting next season, so Dallas would be better off signing Dak. However, if Dallas can’t reach a deal with Prescott, Watson is the next best option.
GET STAFFORD OUT OF DETROIT! Matthew Stafford is one of the most underappreciated quarterbacks of all time. The former number one overall pick has thrown for more than 4,000 yards eight times in 12 years. One of those years, Stafford threw for 5,038 yards. Only eight quarterbacks in history have ever reached that mark. Dallas would have to work out a trade with Detroit, but if Dak Prescott doesn’t resign the Dallas Cowboys will have to take some risks to get back on track.
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In a system with an experienced coach who has won the super bowl, Stafford would be eager to show off his talents with America’s team. This Dallas Cowboy team might be one of the most talented offense the gunslinging Georgia Bulldog has ever played with in his NFL career.
This might seem like a boring choice, but Any Dalton has steadily improved all season. With a healthy and stable offensive line, Ezekiel Elliott can finally get going on the ground, leaving Dalton with a little less weight on his shoulders.
If Dalton returns as the starting quarterback for Dallas, he needs to serve as a game manager. Elliott and Tony Pollard should carry the load on offense every week. Another offseason with Dallas gives Dalton more time to master Kellen Moore’s playbook. If the Dallas Cowboys want to make a legitimate Super Bowl run, the former Cincinnati Bengal is not the guy. Dalton went 4-5 as a starter this season. However, with an improved defense, the red rifle can at least get this team to the playoffs, but don’t expect much more.
The New York Jets have the third overall pick in the NFL draft. This year’s class is loaded with quarterbacks, so Darnold could be out the door in New York. His tenure with the Jets was nothing short of bad. According to Pro Football Focus, in 2019 Darnold was pressured on 41.6% of his drop backs. No quarterback in the league could win with the pieces Darnold has had.
The number three pick out of USC is only 24 and wants a chance to prove himself as a quality NFL quarterback. Rumors have circulated the league that Darnold is on the trading block, so Dallas could potentially get the young passer without trading multiple picks. Darnold still has loads of untapped potential, and Kellen Moore might be the guy to get the best out of Darnold.
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