Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott had the worst year of his seven-year NFL career in 2022.
Prescott missed a number of games due to injury and threw for just 2,860 yards, 23 touchdowns and a career-high 15 interceptions.
He also struggled mightily in the Cowboys’ NFL Divisional Round loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Prescott’s struggles have led some to wonder whether it’s time for Dallas to move in a different direction, despite him throwing for 4,449 yards, 37 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions a year ago.
Dallas still has three years and around $125 million left on Prescott’s contract and the Cowboys will soon need to decide whether to extend him or move in another direction.
According to a report Sports Illustrated’s Mike Fisher, Jerry Jones and company are at least “intrigued” by the idea of moving on from Prescott as soon as this offseason.
The Cowboys find themselves “intrigued” by Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud, an NFL source tells CowboysSI.com.
“I don’t know the ‘how,”’ the source said. “But (Dallas is) absolutely intrigued by Stroud.” – via SI.com
Stroud, of course, starred for the Ohio State Buckeyes in recent years. He threw for 3,688 yards, 41 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2022. And perhaps most impressively, Stroud almost led an upset victory over the eventual national champion Georgia Bulldogs in the 2022 College Football Playoff semifinals.
But there is an issue.
Dallas currently holds the 26th pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Stroud, meanwhile, is widely expected to go well within the top 10 picks. So Dallas would likely need to move up in order to draft the Buckeyes’ star.
The Cowboys have reportedly explored extending Prescott as well. Which wouldn’t make much sense should Stroud enter the frame.
But the option is clearly out there and you never know with Jerry Jones at the helm. We may well have seen the last of Dak Prescott in a Cowboys uniform.