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Cowboys star Dak Prescott breaks silence on $160 million extension

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A years-long saga culminated on Monday when the Dallas Cowboys rewarded quarterback Dak Prescott with a record-setting contract.

Two days later, Prescott has spoken.

Despite months of unsuccessful negotiations, franchise tags, and a devastating ankle injury amid a career season, Prescott never doubted the process:

“Through this whole time, I never had any doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t be here,” Dak Prescott said during a press conference on Wednesday. “I’m a guy that lives and stands and moves every part of his body off the word ‘faith.’

The Cowboys reportedly preferred a five-year deal, but Prescott and the organization ultimately settled on a four-year, $160 million contract, including $126 million in guaranteed money, an NFL record. The quarterback opened up more on the situation:

“I control the things I control…through it all, I just focused on what I could focus on and controlled what I could control and figured that if I did that and was the best individual I could be in every aspect I would manifest what was out there for me. I’m a man that stands by faith and lives by that. A lot of people will say, ‘Hey, you gambled and you did this and you did that when you could have taken that,’ but in this world you get everything out of what you put into it. I just know from a little boy falling in love with this game to where I am now, the love has grown further. I’ve put a lot into it, and I’ve got a lot more to give. With that being said, I never had any doubt that I wouldn’t be here, that this deal wouldn’t get done and be right for the both of us and be right for the organization and everybody invested. I’m just thankful.”

Dak Prescott played the 2020 season under the franchise tag, and the pressure was on for both sides to reach a long-term agreement by July 15. Otherwise, Prescott could have been forced to look elsewhere following the 2021 season.

And while the contract may be for only four years, Prescott plans to be under center in Dallas for much longer than that:

“This is the right fit,” he said. “I grew up a Dallas Cowboy fan. Never in a million years did I imagine not being a Cowboy once I put on this uniform and put on the star. Through it all, through the two years I guess you could say or more, there was never a slight doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t wear the star for the rest of my life.”

“I thought about jogging and jumping up on the stage, but I don’t know if y’all are ready for that,” Dak Prescott said. “But I’m healthy. … As I said, I control what I control. I followed the doctor’s orders the whole time, put in my own work ethic to it and you saw me walking out here. I’ve been on that field back there. I’m healthy. I’m getting close. But I’ll be ready when it matters.”

Prescott also pointed to QB Alex Smith’s comeback from a gruesome leg injury as a source of inspiration during his rehab:

Playing for a new deal, the 27-year old was leading the league in passing yards and on pace to set numerous franchise single-season passing records when he suffered the season-ending injury in Week 5.