Jerry Jones Doesn’t Predict Moving On From Prescott For ‘Years’
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says it’s harder to build around a great quarterback than it was a few years ago.
In spite of this, he believes Dak Prescott can emulate the influence of Tom Brady in Dallas. When Dak Prescott was in the final year of his rookie contract in 2019, three of the Cowboys’ offensive line earned Pro Bowl selections.
He has less quality teammates now, which Jerry Jones says is due to the finance involved in securing elite quarterbacks.
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If Dak Prescott is to emulate Brady, he’ll need to clean up his availability and interceptions. He led the NFL with 15 interceptions last year while missing five games. The franchise still hasn’t advanced past the Divisional Round since 1995. Now, Prescott’s salary cap hit will account for 21.5% of Dallas’ space.
“I’ve really felt for quite a while that Dak has the ability,” Jerry Jones said Friday.
“I don’t want to dare do this to Dak or me or anybody, but I think just as (Tom) Brady became, in my mind, better and better and more impactful on how [his team] won as he got into his career, I think Dak really has those qualities. I think he can get better.
“You can’t pay that position at that level, take that much of the available dollars and then put the exact thing around him,” he said. “When Dak first got here, we had one of the best offensive lines, in my mind, that had been put on the field in a long time. And he had that. So we had skill around him, especially offensively.”
“Well, when you do what you do today and invest in a quarterback the way you do with these premium quarterbacks, that automatically has to be diminished. And so, when you ask me the supporting cast around him, it’ll be hard to get to a supporting cast the way he did when he started his career.”
“When I see something on the field that would logically tell you, you need to start looking ahead past Dak, I don’t see that kind of thing happening in the next years,” Jones said. “And I say years.”