5 quarterbacks to consider if SF 49ers pull plug on Jimmy Garoppolo
By Peter Panacy
SF 49ers Candidate No. 2: Dak Prescott
If the situation under center for the SF 49ers seems ugly right now with Jimmy Garoppolo, it’s absolutely a disaster for the Dallas Cowboys and their quarterback, Dak Prescott.
Prescott’s franchise-tag signing this offseason was a story in of itself. The Cowboys, under so much pressure to finally cruise deep into the playoffs amid a terrible NFC East, elected to pay other offensive stars, wide receiver Amari Cooper and running back Ezekiel Elliott, instead of keeping Prescott around. Even though that would have been massive money.
Things got messy enough with Dallas’ 2-3 start to the season and horrible defense. But when Prescott suffered a serious ankle fracture against the New York Giants, everything in the Cowboys’ immediate plans went out the window.
As this The Draft Network article points out, the Cowboys are likely to find themselves with a top-five pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and the thought of re-signing Prescott just got a lot dimmer. Sure, Prescott’s injury could ultimately lower his price next season. But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones might want to hit the reset button anyway, looking to build around an up-and-coming rookie on a cheaper entry-level deal, leaving Prescott to his own efforts to sign elsewhere.
Perhaps the SF 49ers are a candidate.
Like any future transaction way down the road, there are a lot of moving pieces. But one has to figure, if Dallas elects to move forward without Prescott, he’d at least be a top candidate on San Francisco’s radar.