Read and React: Jerry's big decision

Jay Hart
·2 min read

October 13, 2020

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SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 10:  Quarterback Dak Prescott #4 and team owner Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys hug each other during pregame warm ups prior to the start of an NFL preseason football game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on August 10, 2019 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

What do the Cowboys do now with Dak Prescott? That’s the $200 million question.

Stephen Jones, Jerry’s son, said Monday that Prescott, injured Sunday in a catastrophic tackle, remains “our future,” which is of course what he’s going to say. But will he and Jerruh be of the same opinion in six months if Prescott’s ankle isn’t healing like it needs to?

What happened to Prescott Sunday is Exhibit A as to why you don’t settle for the year-to-year franchise tag. But $31 million is $31 million, and Prescott was playing his way into that $40 million range before his ankle got rolled up on.

Though he may not be Russell Wilson or Patrick Mahomes on the field, Dak’s clearly Hall of Fame-worthy when it comes to his leadership off it, and that counts for more than just something.

What this ultimately may come down to is Jerry himself. He’s 78. He wants that fourth ring … sooner than later. Is he better off reloading or betting on Dak coming back?

Prescott’s rehab is reportedly somewhere in the neighborhood of six months, so by that timeline the Cowboys will have a decent idea of where he’s at physically before the summer deadline to offer a long-term deal.

What will they do? The guess here is they’re praying for him to heal, because Dak on a rehabbed ankle would seemingly be less of a crapshoot and present a more immediate payout than going back to the draft where quarterback selection has, lately, been more miss than hit.

Tampa Bay's Manuel Margot launched a 2-out, 3-run homer in the top of the first, then did this to end a threat in the second. Decent effort.