We are already into the thick of the NFL offseason and that means free agency. Teams can’t contact free agents until March 15th, but news of the top players will circulate as we close in on that starting point. Dak Prescott, Chris Godwin, Allen Robinson, and Kenny Golladay are just a few of the big names set to hit unrestricted free agency when the new league year opens on March 17th. Many free agents stand a good chance of signing a contract with their current team or being franchise tagged before then, but many will be taking calls when the tampering period opens on March 15th.
Below, we will take a look at free agent quarterback Dak Prescott.
2020 in review
Prescott suffered a season-ending injury just five games into the 2020 season but put up some ridiculous numbers before hanging it up for the year. Prescott threw for 1,856 yards and nine touchdowns with four interceptions. While the Dallas Cowboys only managed to go 2-3 with him under center, they had one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. His replacement, Andy Dalton, wasn’t able to get nearly as much out of Dallas’s talented receiving corps. Bringing Prescott back would be the key to the Cowboys winning the NFC East in 2021.
Do the Cowboys want to keep him?
The Cowboys’ front office has expressed interest in signing Prescott to a long-term deal for a while now. They’ve made it clear if a deal cannot get done, they will use the franchise tag. He’s expected to make a full recovery from his leg injury long before the start of the 2021 season, so Dallas should still be focused on bringing him back.
Plenty of teams are rumored to have interest in signing Prescott, and the New England Patriots need a quarterback in the worst way. The Cam Newton experiment didn’t work out, and New England is projected to have the fourth-most cap room in 2021. But the chances anybody signs him away from the Cowboys is nearly non-existent.
If Prescott joins a team with a top-notch receiving corps, he could easily be a top-five QB regardless of format. He’s a dangerous, dual-threat signal-caller and is better at stretching the field than other, more athletic players. Even if the team he joins isn’t outstanding out wide, it’s hard to see him falling too far outside of the top 10 at his position.
No team has made a real run at Prescott, but ESPN believes the Carolina Panthers could be the best landing spot for him. Carolina had three top-25 wideouts last year in Robby Anderson, DJ Moore, and Curtis Samuel. It also has an extremely versatile running back in Christian McCaffrey. The Panthers also had a much better defense than the Cowboys last season. If Prescott plays like he did last year, he’d be a significant upgrade from Teddy Bridgewater under center.