Dak Prescott injury: This is why players hold out

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

By the time you’re reading this, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has had his surgery, is most likely getting IV antibiotics, and has at least had one person from physical therapy visit him to get him up and moving.

My heart hurts for that young man.  Absolutely hurts.

This is why players hold out.

This is why I’m always going to encourage players to get the most money they can. You never know when an injury so bad is going to happen that you may not be able to play again. And while this hopefully won’t be the case for Prescott, you just never know.

Prescott signed a franchise deal this past offseason and is looking for his “big contract”.  While he may not have gotten his team to a Super Bowl, he’s at least made the team respectable again. He’s put up some big numbers and has gotten the team to the playoffs. Sort of like Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins did, and Cousins got paid.

Why can’t Prescott?

Now, I’m no Capologist.  I love math, but player budgets for NFL teams are something that requires too much effort to break down right now.  (I’m sure it’s overall a very simple thing, but I’m getting 3 kids through school virtually.  We can talk after the pandemic.) I don’t claim to know and/or understand the Dallas Cowboys salary cap situation. And I understand that teams are businesses, and football is a business. I really do get it.

But I also understand, after some personal experiences, being made to feel like a valued employee.  And right now, I don’t think that Prescott is being treated that way, at least not from my vantage point.

So players, go get your money.  I’ll never hate on you for doing that.

My best wishes to Dak. I’m so sorry that this happened. He’s had such a rough year, and I hope that he has a speedy recovery.


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