Frisco – Dallas Cowboys fans are acutely aware of the “hell” accusations leveled annually at club owner Jerry Jones. But relief is on the way, as quarterback Dak Prescott’s new $160 million deal, signed last spring, is part of the “problem” as it is currently created but part of the solution in the coming days.
As team sources told CowboysSI.com some time ago, the building of the deal includes a “switch heart” that, when implemented, could give Dallas about $16 million in 2022. Additionally, the team can move money on standby Martin in a way that earns 7 million dollars from the room.
Dak Prescott (left) and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (right)
Dak Prescott (right) and Dalton Schultz (left)
DAC’s “key” will be activated sometime between now (with the franchise’s Tuesday deadline approaching) and March 16 (the start of the NFL’s working year, at which time teams must be compliant with the $208 million cap).
Martin’s key is also planned.
While the money will be paid, no real year will be added – and no real money will be added either. This is a common type of craft skill as the “big calculator” people perform for COO Stephen Jones here inside The Star.
It’s about pre-designed switches that can be “flipped”.
It requires no renegotiation with Prescott or Martin. It does not require any sacrifice from the players. In general, it does not require the consent of the players.
It has already been approved.
From a layman’s perspective, the money that would have been paid into Duck’s left pocket will now be paid into his right pocket, a bookkeeping trick that explains what years would have been voided at the end of his deal. He is currently scheduled to be paid “zero” in the final year of his contract, when he was 33 years old. This step will change that.
Martin has a cap of $20 million in 2022, but Dallas could add inevitable years to spread that money..
Best case scenario Duck is still playing at the time, so the money is rolled over to 2026 in 2022. The hope will be the same for All-Pro Martin.
Duck still got his money, and Dallas still thought he was the right guy. As Jones recently said, “Duck has played at a level that could take teams to the Super Bowls and win the Super Bowls. … He might be on top (reasons for Cowboys optimism.)”
The potential room of $23 million will help… with Dallas entering the week with about $22 million over the cap… with decisions on Amari Cooper, DeMarcus Lawrence, Dalton Schultz, Randy Gregory, and more to come.