What are the chances the Patriots pursue Dak Prescott this offseason?
Patriots fans have gone through a whirlwind in 2020, mentally committing to Cam Newton long-term after Weeks 1 and 2 only to shed the allegiance as this difficult season has dragged on.
By any metric other than Bill Belichick’s enthusiasm, Newton has been an imperfect fit and a relative disappointment.
Based on what we heard about Josh McDaniels this past offseason, he was excited to scheme for a more mobile QB, though he hasn’t trusted Newton’s arm (or his weapons) enough to unveil anything exquisite this time around. It does make you wonder, though, whether the Patriots are more likely now than they were when the season began to use some of their free agent surplus cash on Dak Prescott, still not under contract with the Dallas Cowboys.
NFL insider Peter King weighed in on the question this week.
As King wrote, the marriage still remains unlikely:
"“I mean, I’m sure Bill Belichick would love to have Dak Prescott,” King said Friday on NBC Sports. “But I don’t think Bill Belichick — in a year when the cap is going for $198 (million) to $175 (million) — I don’t think he would want Dak Prescott at $38 (million) or $40 million a year on average. It’s just not a good play when you’re trying to rebuild your team long term, in my opinion.”"
Of course, just because Prescott’s market might not lead to New England does not mean his future won’t have an impact on the Patriots.
The 49ers also loom as a potential destination for the mobile QB, which could result in Jimmy Garoppolo’s expensive contract being ripped up (with almost no dead cap the next few years), paving a path back to Belichick.
We’re not exactly breaking news here, but the Patriots QB position will be one to keep an eye on in the coming months, even as the team plays coy and endorses both Newton and Jarrett Stidham.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you.