Mark Madden

Mark Madden

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Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott is reportedly going to sign a contract that will make him the highest-paid player in NFL history.

Prescott has won one playoff game in four years.

He's never made All-Pro. Not first team, not second team.

If Prescott had been drafted by Jacksonville, he'd be in witness protection. That star on the helmet provides mega PR. (So does Skip Bayless.)

Is Prescott among the NFL's top 5 quarterbacks? That's debatable. He ranked second in yards and fourth in touchdowns last season, but tenth in passer rating. He's pretty good.

But now he's going to be the highest-paid player in football history.

That's a big payout for "pretty good." That is inflation on so many levels.

It's reflective of quarterbacking in the NFL being at an all-time low. That's why the old-timey quarterbacks can stick around forever and get crazy money.

Who would you rather have at quarterback right now if you had to win a big game: Prescott, or one of the old-timey QBs like Tom Brady or Drew Brees? Heck, I'd take Ben Roethlisberger over Prescott. That's coming off elbow surgery.

The NFL has so few decent quarterbacks. If you've got one, you've got to keep him. Even if it means overpaying absurdly. That's why Matt Stafford's contract has an AAV of $27m and he's started 11 seasons in Detroit despite zero playoff victories.

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