It is often said that NFL players don’t like to get into the business of counting other players’ money. Life in the National Football League is precious and fleeting, and as a result of the circumstances, it makes sense to root for these players to get as much as they can when they can. The game. ultimately, is a business.
Everybody has an opinion on who Dak Prescott is, such is life as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, and with his contract situation still one for the third year in a row there are obviously takes flying out from all over the place.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre stepped in some mud called hypocrisy this week when he said that Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson should not be asking for a trade from his team. Obviously that is hilarious given Favre’s particular history.
It seems as if the week leading up to the Super Bowl might be the time for former quarterbacks to line up and offer bad takes such as these. Next in line is Carson Palmer.
Carson Palmer thinks Dak Prescott should take less money because he is the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are America’s Team. We all know this. Amazingly, even in today’s day and age, there are people who believe that the brand of who the Cowboys are should be a consideration in contract negotiations with players. Unfortunately, team legend Emmitt Smith fell victim to this faulty logic himself one year ago.
NFL stars exist in all markets. Look at the success that Peyton Manning had in Indianapolis, or what Patrick Mahomes is doing in Kansas City. Insisting that Cowboys players should take less because of where they play is an antiquated idea at best.
Apparently former quarterback Carson Palmer still believes the archaic idea. In an appearance on 105.3 The Fan, he leaned on the oldest trick in the book for the Cowboys front office.
“I love Dak’s game. I think he’s great. I think he shouldn’t shoot for the moon (on his next contract),” Palmer said on Shan and RJ. “Being the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, there’s a lot that comes with that financially. So, you don’t have to be the top-paid quarterback in the league. You can make as much as the top-paid quarterback in the league when you’re the Dallas Cowboys quarterback if you do take less. Because, if you win in Dallas, look at today’s television networks. You got Troy Aikman (Fox analyst), Jason Witten (former Monday Night Football analyst) and Tony Romo (CBS analyst) all on nationally televised games. Partially, because of their playing careers, but a majority of that is because they played for the Dallas Cowboys. They are a household name. You’ve seen Dak on tons of commercials and endorsements. You can make that same top-tier money if you’re Dak and you take a little bit less, and you keep all the players around you within the salary cap structure.”
Commercials! This is the high-level analysis that we hope for during Super Bowl week, baby!
Seriously though, is Dak Prescott the only quarterback to have commercials? This is ridiculous. The Cowboys have the exact same salary cap as every team in the NFL and should be afforded no special outliers, especially given the fact that they haven’t even appeared in an NFC Championship Game since Carson Palmer himself was in high school.
Carson Palmer made a lot of money in his NFL career and didn’t seem to factor in special circumstances when it came to his own contract negotiations. Should he have maybe taken less money because he was a former number one overall pick or a Heisman Trophy winner? Surely the marketability for these things trumps those that do not have those qualities!