Dez Bryant Thinks Cowboys Should 'Pay Dak his $40 Mil'

Matt Galatzan
August 12, 2019 - 4:47 pm
Dez Bryant

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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Former Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver Dez Bryant has spoken out about recent reports of Dak Prescott's contract demands, coming to the support of his former quarterback on Twitter Monday afternoon. 

Bryant, who is no stranger to social media controversy, was inconsistent in his time with Prescott under center but sees the value in what he brings to the Cowboys organization. In two years with Prescott under center, Bryant hauled in 119 catches for 1,634 yards and 14 touchdowns, before being released by the Cowboys in April of 2018, after spending eight seasons with the team. 

Bryant's comment comes in response to a report from the NFL Network's Jane Slater, that Prescott has turned down the Cowboys $30 million contract extension, and is now pursuing the much higher total of $40 million per year. The $40 million number would make Prescott the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL in terms of average per year and would eclipse the NFL's current highest-paid quarterback, Seattle's Russell Wilson, by nearly $5 million per year. 

In terms of negotiation tactics, it is no surprise that Prescott's representation responded to the Cowboys offer with such a lofty number, with each side now stating their own perceived initial value for the extension. It is now up to the Cowboys to determine whether or not they value Prescott as the highest-paid quarter in the NFL, or somewhere closer to the top-5 number that they originally offered the fourth-year player out of Mississippi State. 

In his three years under center in Dallas, Prescott has completed 66.1-percent of his passes for 10,876 yards and 67 touchdowns, with 25 interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 96.0.