The Dallas Cowboys begin their regular season next Sunday. We have watched this team undergo a lot of change over the course of the last several months and that obviously starts at the top with the team’s head coach now being Mike McCarthy.
The New Cowboys (trademark pending!) look very different both on paper and in philosophy. There are new faces like CeeDee Lamb and Aldon Smith worth getting pumped about, and there are holdovers that received long-term deals like Amari Cooper and Blake Jarwin.
Many people believe that the Cowboys had about as perfect of an offseason as you possibly can. While they seemed to have checked just about every box there was one particular thing that they didn’t get done. No big deal, it just has to do with the most important player on the team.
Kirk Cousins’ advice to Dak Prescott would be to make sure he has an insurance policy
The Cowboys were not able to get a long-term deal done with Dak Prescott, and they partly cited the financial struggles of our new normal as a factor, which means that he is playing out the 2020 season on the franchise tag. We have been there and done that.
Many people have equated the situation that Dak is in to the one that now-Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins dealt with during his time in Washington. Cousins notably played on the tag twice and leveraged it towards the long-term deal that he ultimately got in Minnesota. He has spoken before about how the tag could benefit someone specifically like Dak.
Cousins offered up some recent advice to Prescott once again. Appearing on the 10 Questions with Kyle Brandt podcast he was asked exactly what his advice would be to Dak after noting that he had an insurance policy for himself while he went through his own ordeal.
“Well that would be my advice, honestly. Would be make sure you have an insurance policy. That’s the cost of doing business. If you’re willing to write that check and pay for that cost, go play football.”
“And again he even, far more than I did, has a track record now where, regardless of what happens in 2020 or 2021, he’s proven then what he can do. So it’s really not going to change my perceived value of him or his value really to teams, I would think is pretty much steady.”
“If you have a desire for what you want and you don’t feel you’re getting it, go play football and see what’s out there next year.”
“But I will also add that to be the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys is pretty special. That’s not an opportunity that I would be giving up any time soon if I’m him. That would also be a piece I would add.”
It is hard to find anything incorrect with what Cousins said, to be honest. Dak’s market is fairly set outside of the possibility of winning the Super Bowl this season, a hypothetical that is universally agreed would command him more money than we’ve even speculated. The issue in the minds of many is simply the market itself, quarterbacks are expensive.
Cousins has generally spoken from a business-first perspective when talking about the tag in the many instances that he’s touched on it, this is one of the first times that he has ever mentioned the value associated with something else. In this case it is obviously playing quarterback for America’s Team. That clearly holds some weight, the amount of which is obviously up for debate.
This technically won’t be a thing again until the season is over as those are the rules of the franchise tag. Until then all we can do is speculate. Isn’t that fun?