It's not every day that a 26-year-old player turns down the chance to make $35 million a year, but that's exactly what is happening with Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.
Dallas wants to give their rising star signal caller a five-year, $175 million contract that makes him the highest-paid quarterback in football, but he turned that deal down, as he wants to make north of $45 million in the final year of his new contract.
If Prescott is willing to die on this hill, the Cowboys might be better off letting him become someone else's problem.
Prescott has to realize that not only is he not in the Patrick Mahomes/Lamar Jackson/Russell Wilson tier, but he is on a team that already gave out big money to Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper and Demarcus Lawrence, with Leighton Vander Esch still eyeing a new deal. They can't afford $45 million a year for one guy.
There is no denying Dak can play. There is no denying Dak is worth an expensive new contract. What is a bit on the loony side of things, however, is insisting that a team already struggling with cap space due to the Elliott, Lawrence, and Cooper contracts find a way to pay you $12 million more per season than any other quarterback in NFL history.
If Dak wants to keep playing this game, Jerry Jones and Co. eventually will need to move on.