Quarterback Prescott is the face of the Dallas Cowboys, and with that, comes a lot of scrutiny. Prescott got more than enough of that in 2022 as he finished tied for the league lead in interceptions with 15 despite missing five games.
It wasn’t an ideal year for Prescott by any means. However, if anyone is thinking the Cowboys are entertaining moving on from the two-time Pro Bowler, they’re sadly mistaken as Cowboys’ executive vice president Stephen said on Wednesday that not only is the team committed to Prescott long-term but they’re also willing to extend his contract to lower his cap hit.
The Cowboys seem fully committed to Dak Prescott for many years to come. Stephen Jones said Dak could be the QB in Dallas for the “next 10 years.” Basically saying he’s going to be here and they would be open to extending his deal which would lower his current cap hit.
— Nick Eatman (@nickeatman) February 1, 2023
Prescott suffered a fractured thumb in the Cowboys’ season-opening loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and when he returned, he simply couldn’t stop turning the ball over. In the final 11 games he played in, Prescott threw an interception in nine of them, including five with multiple interceptions.
The former Offensive Rookie of the Year had arguably his worst performance at the worst possible time for the Cowboys, in the playoffs against the San Francisco 49ers. Prescott would throw two more interceptions with the second one coming just before halftime with a chance for the Cowboys to take the lead.
For some unexplainable reason, Prescott had several interceptions before halftime in 2022 which is very uncharacteristic of the player he’s been since entering the NFL in 2016. It was undoubtedly a rollercoaster season for Prescott, and he will need to get his tendency of giving the ball to the opposing team under control in 2023 if the Cowboys have any chance of having a deep playoff run for the first time since the 1990s.
Prescott may not be Patrick Mahomes or Joe Burrow, but he is one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL, and those don’t just grow on trees, and the Cowboys realize that.
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