Cowboys’ Mike McCarthy Makes Bold Claim On QB Dak Prescott

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Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy is liking what he is seeing from Dak Prescott in the midst of the quarterback’s contract standoff with the team.

While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, McCarthy made a rather bold claim about the work Prescott has been doing this offseason.

“I think Dak is having his best offseason program that we’ve had,” McCarthy said, via Nick Harris of the Cowboys’ team website. “This atmosphere that we’ve practiced in with the quarterback and receivers has really hit the mark. I’ve been very impressed with the quality of work.”

Prescott is preparing to enter the final year of his deal, but little progress seems to have been made between the two sides in contract negotiations.

But it apparently hasn’t stopped Prescott from delivering the goods in offseason workouts.

“With the quarterback, when the connection is there in the perimeter realm – and that’s been the majority of our physical activity – the connection is better,” added McCarthy. “The receivers are playing with more urgency, more reps. The timing is better. The real test will be when we get to training camp.”

Will the Cowboys Extend Dak Prescott Before the Season?

Right now, the Cowboys seem very focused on wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, who has not been present at the team’s mandatory minicamp due to his own contract dispute.

Like Prescott, Lamb is going into the final year of his deal, but Dallas seems to be prioritizing the wide out over anything else at this time.

Lamb is expected to land a pact worth north of $30 million annually, thanks much in part to Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson inking a four-year, $140 million deal earlier this week.

So, once the Cowboys get things taken care of with Lamb, will Prescott be next?

Rumor has it that Prescott is seeking a contract worth $60 million per year, which would make him the highest-paid player in football. Currently, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow holds that title, earning $55 million annually.

Dallas seems reluctant to give Prescott that much money, which is why some have theorized that the Cowboys may allow the 30-year-old to test free agency next offseason and then try to sign him back on a more economical deal.

That being said, owner Jerry Jones has maintained that he views Prescott as his signal-caller moving forward, so Dallas will almost certainly try to get something done with him before the 2024 NFL campaign begins.

We’ll see if the Cowboys and Dak Prescott can hammer an extension out in the coming weeks (or months).

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