Dak Prescott deserving of contract that outweighs Carson Wentz's deal
ARLINGTON - Is Carson Wentz a better quarterback than Dak Prescott?
The short answer to that question is, "No." But Wentz is paid like he's the better of the two.
Prescott led the Dallas Cowboys to a fourth straight victory against Wentz's Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night. Dak outplayed his fellow member of the 2016 draft class in a 37-10 shellacking in front of a packed stadium and nationally televised audience.
It is the most lopsided win the Cowboys recorded against their NFC East rivals in nearly a decade when a Tony Romo-led offense defeated Philadelphia 34-14 in a 2010 NFC Wild Card game.
Wentz signed a four-year contract extension with the Eagles in June, earning more than $66 million in guaranteed money. The contract doesn't fully kick in until 2021 but pays him as much as $22 million in a single season.
After outperforming the former No. 2 overall pick for a fourth straight game, it's no wonder Prescott's agent, Todd France, is using Wentz's contract as a baseline for his client's ongoing negotiations with the Cowboys.
Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott is almost sacked by Philadelphia Eagles Josh Sweat but throws the ball out of bounds Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. (Photo: Lauren Roberts/Times Record News)
While recent reports indicate those deliberations have hit a standstill, there should be no doubt Jerry Jones is going to pay Dak more than Wentz's contract guaranteed him. Life without Prescott is too frightening to consider.
If Wentz is worth $66 million guaranteed and $22 million for a season, Prescott should command more money from the NFL's most valuable franchise.
Statistics alone suggest that. In 47 career games, Wentz has thrown for 11,801 yards, 83 touchdowns and 32 interceptions.
Prescott has thrown for 12,999 yards with 79 touchdowns and 32 interceptions in 54 games. Of course, Prescott's talents can't be wholly appreciated without mentioning his 1,107 rushing yards. He scored his 21st rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter Sunday, breaking Roger Staubach's franchise record in 3 ½ seasons.
Wentz isn't immobile. He's rushed for a respectable 636 yards and three TDs in his career but has also lost 14 fumbles - one more than Dak despite 42 fewer carries.
Then there's the career win-loss record. Wentz is 26-21 with a Super Bowl ring from a championship game he didn't participate in. He's never played in a postseason game due to an injury suffered late in the Eagles' title year in 2017.
Prescott is 36-19, having never missed a game in his career.
Game. Set. Match.
Dallas Cowboys Robert Quinn sacks Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. (Photo: Lauren Roberts/Times Record News)
The argument for paying Dak substantially more than Wentz isn't merely compelling. It's overwhelming.
It showed Sunday again, when Wentz committed three turnovers, including on back-to-back drives to start the game, spotting the Cowboys a quick 14-0 lead. His third turnover came in the red zone.
"We're dictating everything at that point. It's all about starting fast," Prescott said. "It's what we've struggled with all season long."
Prescott threw one interception on a deep ball into double coverage. He admitted it was a "Heat check." The Eagles fumbled it right back to Dallas two plays later, setting up Prescott's record-breaking touchdown run.
Prescott's ongoing contract negotiations are going to be a media talking point until the deal gets done. And once it's finished, Dak will have exceeded Wentz in every standpoint but one - Super Bowl ring count.
The Cowboys have a better chance of rectifying that issue with Prescott than without him.Jonathan Hull is a six-time Associated Press award-winning sports reporter, focusing primarily on WFISD football, high school basketball and the Dallas Cowboys. Follow him on Twitter: @Hull_TRN.
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