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Dak Prescott’s Next Contract
A report came out on Monday that Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is asking for $40 million. Dak’s contract expires at the end of the 2019 season. He is 32-16 as the Cowboys starter, has led Dallas to two NFC East titles in 3 years and a playoff win last season. Is that worth $40 million? HELL NO!
But, he has been more reliable (healthier) than Eagles QB Carson Wentz, who was the #1 pick in the 2016 Draft, the same draft where Dak was drafted in the 4th round.
Dak’s numbers are better across the board than Wentz’s. Eagles fans would have you believing it’s because Dak has played more games. But isn’t that part of the point? Wentz has had his season shortened each of the last two years, and still got paid $33 million. So, yes, based on that, Dak, who has yet to miss a game in his career, and has played 3 playoff games, deserves more.
Some people would point to the idea that Cowboys should just draft or sign a QB. Because it’s that easy. How many “good” QBs are produced each draft. 2-3? MAYBE 4 at most? How many QBs switch teams every off-season? During this past off-season, here is a list of potential starting QBs who switched teams – Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum, Joe Flacco, and Nick Foles. That’s what the Cowboys would be looking forward to. And before you say Foles is better than Dak, keep in mind the age difference and Foles’ lack of proven success outside of Philly.
People continue to make the argument that Dak would not be good without Ezekiel Elliot. There’s definitely truth to that. But couldn’t you say that about anyone? Would Drew Brees throw for 4,000 yards if his top two WRs were Ted Ginn and Tre’Quan Smith? Take Christian McCaffery away from Cam Newton and what do the Panthers have?
Prescott is the right QB in the right situation. He SHOULD get paid. So should Ezekiel Elliot. Cowboys have a Super Bowl window. They need to capitalize on it. Whatever it takes. Just, not $40 million…
NCAA Transfer Rules Really Suck
The NCAA sucks. Plain and simple. There are dozens of reasons why this is true, but the reason I am focused on is the eligibility waivers that transfers apply for. Some guys get approved, some do not. There is no rhyme or reason. There is no process or methodology. I’m pretty sure someone old guy at NCAA offices flips a coin to decide if waivers are approved or not.
Dozens of players have been granted waivers for immediate eligibility and, for the most part, there is no real reason for it. Most of them did not want to compete for their job, they wanted it to be handed to them. Maybe in some cases there was a coaching change. Whatever the reason, it wasn’t a real reason.
Miami QB Tathan Martell is a perfect example of the above story – he left Ohio State for Miami this past winter. Martell was in line to start at QB, until Buckeyes brought in Justin Fields as a transfer from Georgia. Martell, rather than compete for his job, decided to leave and ultimately committed to Miami. He was granted a waiver to play immediately. Why? I don’t honestly know. He ran away from competition. There was no reported injury reason, no off the field incidents, no conflicts with coaching staff or administration.
OL James Hudson left Michigan for Cincinnati. His waiver was recently denied. Hudson claimed he is battling depression and mental health disease. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says he knows nothing about Hudson’s claims and insinuated if he was granted a waiver for that, more and more players would come out and claim depression as an excuse for transfer and play right away. Alledgedly, Michigan and Harbaugh were unhelpful in Cincinnati’s bid to get the waiver approved.
There is also the case of Luke Ford. Ford left Georgia for Illinois to be closer to home, to be near his ailing grandparents. It’s not like he would lie about sick family members, and also who would ever leave Georgia for Illinois?! Clearly, someone who had to, for personal reasons. And despite that, his waiver was denied. Why? Again, I don’t know?
This whole process is completely subjective and stupid. Either let them all play, or make them all sit. Don’t pick and choose.
Hard Knocks Life
Antonio Brown….I don’t know. What can you even say about him at this point. After all of the ridiculousness that ensued before and after his exit from Pittsburgh, the hope was he would show up a happy man, ready to get to work in his first training camp with the Raiders.
He has yet to practice because of injured feet from a crytherapy incident and now there is an issue with a helmet. He wants to wear an old helmet (not the Steelers) but the NFL has a new helmet policy.
For 6 straight seasons, Brown has caught 80+ passes, 1,200+ yards, and 8+ touchdowns. That’s awesome, but now he is with Derek Carr, a major downgrade from Ben Roethlisberger. How Brown remains to be seen, but I’m looking forward to watching the drama play out on HBO’s Hard Knocks.
NBA Schedule Release
6 observations about the 2019-20 NBA schedule, which was released on Monday
- Lakers play an NBA-high 31 games on national TV in 2019, despite the fact that they haven’t made the playoffs since 2013, and haven’t won a playoff game since 2012.
- I understand why the Pelicans got a spot and play the Nuggets in the late game, I’m just disappointed. Forgive me for not being all in on the Zion Williamson hype train. I just feel like these Christmas Day games should be considered a reward and I’m not sure the Pelicans are deserving of this spot. Not when you can justify this spot for so many other teams – Blazers went to Western Conference Finals. Jazz are projected to be top four team in West, Nets have NYC market plus Kyrie Irving and an upstart team.
- On the other hand, BRAVO to the NBA for including the Raptors. I was worried that with Kawhi Leonard gone, the league might feel the Raptors aren’t interesting enough. But the champs absolutely deserve the spot and will appear on Christmas Day for just the second time in franchise history (first since 2001).
- It feels like 2019-20 offers more revenge games than ever before. The good part of that, is more tribute videos. Who isn’t excited for the Julius Randle and Elfrid Payton Pelicans tributes. Or the Thaddeus Young “welcome back” video from the Pacers.
- In looking at the Hornets schedule, it’s hard to find a team they could beat. Has a team ever gone 0-82? If it was ever going to happen, it’ll be in Charlotte this season.
- I think the Hawks are still one year away from playoff contention. That means, barring a serious turnaround and run, Vince Carter, entering his NBA-record 22nd season, will play the final game of his career on April 15th in Atlanta (against the Cavs).
Top 8 revenge games (based on player movement)
Lakers vs Clippers
Nets vs Celtics
Lakers vs Pelicans
76ers vs Heat
Warriors vs Nets
Rockets vs Thunder
Clippers vs Thunder
Clippers vs Spurs
Which Texas college football team team will win most games in 2019?
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Stat of the Day
Pistons signed Michael Beasley over the weekend, uniting the 2008 #2 overall draft pick with the #1 overall pick, Derrick Rose. Rose and Beasley become the 8th players drafted 1-2 in the same draft to play together and the first pair since Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams teamed up in Cleveland.
Other pairs – Allen Iverson/Marcus Camby, Shaq/Alonzo Mourning, Larry Johnson/Kenny Anderson, Isiah Thomas/Mark Aguirre, Bill Walton/Marvin Barnes, Elvin Hayes/Wes Unseld.
NFL’s Backup QBs Problem
Here is a list of QB2 entering the 2019 NFL season
Matt Schaub, Cooper Rush, Tom Savage, Sean Mannion, Nate Sudfeld/Cody Kessler, Paxton Lynch/Geno Smith, and the legendary Nathan Peterman. This list was defendable until we got to Peterman. Some teams better pray their starting QBs do not get injured.
Much more coming on NFL QBs in tomorrow’s MIKEDROP DAILY.
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