Cowboys' Dak Prescott explains why he won't sign Tom Brady-like contract originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been the best, or one of the best, players in the NFL for nearly two decades, but he hasn't been paid like one.
The 41-year-old veteran just won Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams -- the sixth championship of his career -- but he was not among the 20 highest-paid quarterbacks last season. He has consistently taken team-friendly deals to help the Patriots surround him with enough talent to compete for Super Bowl titles on a yearly basis, and it certainly has worked out.
Dallas Cowboys star Dak Prescott is one of the quarterbacks ready to cash in on his first big pro contract, but it doesn't sound like he is interested in taking the team-friendly contract route like Brady. He recently explained to Jori Epstein of USA Today why he thinks Brady is in a unique situation to do that.
Prescott doesn't see Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's team-friendly deal, for which he made just $15 million last season, as a blueprint for his own.
"Nobody's wife makes as much money as his wife does either," Prescott said of Brady's supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen, who earned $10 million in 2018 and $17.5 million in 2017, per reports. "When Tom Brady isn't the breadwinner in the home, then that's a great problem to have.
"So in that case, he can do that. He can do his contract however you want to do it."
Prescott makes an interesting case, but there are other factors at play in Brady's situation. He's played a long time and has almost two decades of earnings. The Patriots also rarely break the bank to sign one particular player.
The 25-year-old quarterback would be wise to aim higher than Brady. When you look at some of the quarterbacks with an annual salary of more than $18 million per season -- a list that includes guys like Blake Bortles, Case Keenum, Ryan Tannehill and Sam Bradford -- there's no question Prescott's résumé is one worthy of $20 million or more per year.
Prescott doesn't have MVP-caliber stats through three seasons, but he's done a very capable job leading the Cowboys to the playoffs in two of those campaigns. He's completed 66 percent of his passes with 67 touchdowns and 25 interceptions through 48 career games.
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