Chicago Bears: Predicting how the quarterback carousel shakes out

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Can the Chicago Bears find a way to land Dak Prescott?

Contract situation: Unrestricted Free Agent

A guy who is not toward the bottom of my want list for the Chicago Bears is Dak Prescott. Prescott will not come cheap though. One, he wants a contract that pays $40 million per season. The Dallas Cowboys and Prescott could not come to a deal last year and the Cowboys had to franchise tag him instead.

The Cowboys could end up doing the same thing in 2021 if a deal cannot be reached. Recent projections have the NFL salary cap at $190-$193 million in 2021. This would give the Cowboys nearly $27 million dollars to spend (without any cuts/trades) this offseason. I think the two sides get a deal done, but if not and Prescott is tagged, maybe Jerry Jones says enough is enough? Prescott’s ankle injury could keep some teams from calling, but I am not concerned.

Two, acquiring Prescott will take a lot of draft capital and/or key players. He will cost at least two first-round picks. He’s not worth giving up as much as I would for Watson but he belongs in the same tier.

If I am Ryan Pace, I am getting on the phone right now and finding out if Prescott is going to be made available. As much as I’d prefer Deshaun Watson here in Chicago, sending two first-round picks and a little more to Dallas seems like a fair price for Dak Prescott.  Unfortunately, I do not see this happening either.

Predicted landing spot: Dallas Cowboys