The Seattle Seahawks could stand a slim chance of finding their next QB1 through trade after Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones left the door open to a possible quarterback contest in Big D. Cooper Rush is a perfect 2-0 in his starts from last season and Jones caused a stir by admitting he would be willing to play Rush well enough to force head coach Mike McCarthy to make a difficult decision, when Dak Prescott returns. Jones pointed to Prescott’s ability to keep the starting job when Tony Romo returned healthy as a possible avenue for Rush to do something similar.
“Wouldn’t it be something if you had a dilemma about which path to take?” Jones to reporters On 22nd of September. “You do that when he gets 10 wins. Same thing that happened with Prescott [versus Romo]I think so.”
Should this unlikely scenario materialize, it would obviously spell the end of the Prescott era in Dallas. The Cowboys would not honor Prescott’s $160 million contract, which comes with a $31 million salary for the veteran as a backup in 2023. Jones was asked in a follow-up question if he would welcome quarterback competition.
“Of course I would, of course,” Jones added. “That means we won. When he comes in here and plays as well as Prescott [his rookie season], [if] Rush played so well in the next few games that I would go to New York to get that.
The Seahawks would probably be one of the first teams in line if Prescott were somehow commercially available. With the quarterback’s salaries now approaching $50 million annually, the rest of Prescott’s deal becomes a steal. The Cowboys quarterback has two more years after this season with a reasonable salary of $31 million in 2023 and $29 million in 2024.
It becomes difficult to gauge Prescott’s commercial value given his recent injury history combined with limited playoff success. The blockbuster Russell Wilson trade would likely serve as the basis for a Prescott deal.
At 29, Prescott is significantly younger than Wilson (33), but the Broncos quarterback had more stamina than the Cowboys’ signal caller, who missed big time in two of the last three seasons.
The Seahawks received two first-round picks, two second-round picks, and three players (Noah Fant, Drew Lock, and Shelby Harris) who turned into two starters for Seattle. Dallas would likely set a similar price if they began exploring potential trades for their franchise quarterback.
The Cowboys would have their own quarterback dilemma since Rush is a free agent for the upcoming offseason, and Dallas would have to give the signal caller a significant raise to re-sign him. A more expensive Rush deal will still be well below Prescott’s remaining contract and would probably be one of the main reasons Dallas would consider such a surprising change.
Dallas could also use the Browns-Texans trade for Deshaun Watson as another frame of reference, but Prescott would have a different context given the current Browns quarterback’s looming suspension at the time of the deal. Houston received three first-round picks, one 2023 third-round pick and two fourth-round picks as part of the Blockbuster trade.
Earlier in the season, The Athletic’s Mike Sando released his annual quarterback rankings, based on voices from NFL coaches and executives.
Prescott was ranked the No. 11 quarterback overall and placed in the Tier 2 grouping. Wilson (No. 8) and Watson (No. 9) were placed just above Prescott in the rankings. The Cowboys signal caller threw for 4,449 yards, 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while completing 68.8% of his passes in 16 appearances in 2021.
Rush may have exceeded his expectations in his two NFL starts, but the quarterback has a lot more to prove before a team can seriously consider him as a long-term QB1. Chances are, Prescott will reprise his role as quarterback for the Cowboys franchise once he’s cleared to play. However, as Jones pointed out, the Cowboys say there is a chance and the Seahawks would likely be one of the most interested contenders if the team moves away from Prescott.