Report: Dak Prescott wants $45 million on final year if forced into five-year contract

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Dak Prescott wants a four-year deal. The Dallas Cowboys want him to sign a five-year contract. This is at the crux of the impasse between the two parties right now.

Now here’s some new information that could be holding things up.

Dak Prescott wants $45 million on fifth year

Chris Simms of NBC Sports was on 105.3 The Fan’s “K & C Masterpiece” Tuesday and dropped some knowledge.

“From what I know of the situation, and I know from some people who are in the know that he’s been offered five years, $175 million,” Simms said (h/t SI.com). “He wants a four-year deal. If they do agree to a five-year deal they would like a really big number at the end of that fifth year to cover their butts for what the market might be at the position five years from now. And I’ve heard he’s asking for somewhere like north of $45 million in that fifth year.”

The five-year, $175 million number isn’t new. It’s the same yearly total — $35 million per year — that’s been reported for a while now. However, the idea that Prescott wants $45 million in his fifth year (if the five-year deal is the only thing being offered) is new.

It also makes sense. The reason Prescott wants a shorter deal is that the salary cap is expected to continue rising in the years to come. If he’s able to get into free agency one year earlier, it benefits him long term.