The Dallas Cowboys running back is the highest paid running back in the league, so he knows something about contract negotiations. Given that Elliott is one of Dak Prescott’s best friends, he knows all about his situation too.
Prescott and the Cowboys went back and forth all year to try and determine an appropriate dollar amount. Instead, Prescott rejected a five-year deal that was well north over $100 million and played on the franchise tag.
Last Sunday, Prescott suffered a fractured ankle and he will lose the rest of the season. There’s a chance that Prescott could be tagged again, but many around the league believe that the Cowboys will finally give Prescott the contract he deserves.
However, Zeke is not going to get into specific numbers.
On Sunday, Elliott was asked by ESPN’s Keyshawn Johnson what he thought of the situation. The interview aired on NFL Sunday Countdown and Elliott shared his thoughts.
“Dak’s our quarterback. I think we all know that,” Elliott said. “My dad taught me at a young age, never talk about another man’s money…That’s not really my business.”
It will take at least four to six months for Prescott to recover from the injury, but Prescott was playing on the exclusive franchise tag. According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, the Cowboys are likely going to give Dak the franchise tag again.
Keyshawn Johnson in ESPN interview asked Ezekiel Elliott if he immediately thought of Dak’s contract when Dak got hurt.
“Dak’s our quarterback. I think we all know that. … My dad taught me at a young age, never talk about another man’s money…That’s not really my business.”
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) October 18, 2020
“Jerry Jones is prepared to tag quarterback Dak Prescott again in 2021, according to numerous sources with knowledge of the situation, setting up another offseason of negotiations between the beloved player and the front office.”
When it comes to numbers, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell dissected the likely outcome for Dak’s future. According to Barnwell, Prescott could command nearly ⅕ of the team’s cap space in 2021.
“Prescott currently takes up 14.4% of Dallas’ cap space, but he would be in line to take up something closer to 18.9% next year. With a $175 million cap, $37.7 million is the equivalent of paying Prescott something close to $42.7 million on this year’s cap.”