Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones went on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas Wednesday afternoon and tried to calm rumors surrounding the team's signing of Andy Dalton. While some had speculated the franchise inked Dalton just in case contract negotiations with Dak Prescott went south, Jones quickly denied that.
Jones claimed the Dalton signing has no impact on the team's pursuit of a long-term deal with Prescott, who will remain the team's unquestioned franchise quarterback. While Prescott's long-term deal has taken a while to get hammered out, Jones believes it will happen.
It was a fun theory for a few days, but let's be real, Dalton is not a threat to Prescott. He didn't sign with Dallas because he thought there would be a lot of available playing time. What Dalton is likely hoping for is a chance to realign his career in his home state. He'll back up Prescott for a season, maybe get some mop up duty or potentially be ready to step in if Dak gets injured. Then he'll have a chance to hit the open market again next year.
That's all there is to this.
Prescott and the Cowboys do need to figure out an extension. It has taken far too long and should have actually been done before the 2019 season. If it was, the team might have been able to keep Byron Jones from leaving with the franchise tag instead of having to use it on Prescott.