ESPN throws shade at the Dallas Cowboys’ recent playoff flops

May 24, 2024

The Cowboys have been a disappointment for Dallas fans compared to other city teams

Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott during a team practice in Frisco,...

Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott during a team practice in Frisco, TexasLAPRESSE

In a recent broadcast of SportsCenter, ESPN took a playful but pointed jab at the Dallas Cowboys, highlighting the disparity in postseason success between the Cowboys and the city’s other professional sports teams.

While the Mavericks, Stars, and Rangers have all enjoyed significant playoff runs in recent years, the Cowboys have struggled to make a deep postseason impact, a fact ESPN did not shy away from showcasing.

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Postseason success in Dallas all thanks to Mavericks, Stars, and Rangers

Dallas has been a hub of playoff excitement over the last decade, but primarily for teams other than the Cowboys.

On Wednesday night, the Dallas Mavericks tipped off the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The following evening, the Dallas Stars were set to face the Edmonton Oilers in Game 1 of the NHL Western Conference Finals.

Meanwhile, the Texas Rangers are basking in the glory of their recent World Series triumph, marking their first championship in franchise history.

This contrasts sharply with the Cowboys, who have not advanced past the divisional round of the playoffs since their Super Bowl XXX victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1996.

Despite consistently strong regular-season performances, including three consecutive 12-win seasons, the Cowboys have failed to translate this success into postseason victories.

What’s the latest on Dak Prescott’s contract situation?

Amid the Cowboys’ playoff woes, quarterback Dak Prescott’s contract situation remains a hot topic.

Prescott is entering the final year of a four-year, $160 million deal signed in 2021.

His current contract includes a no-trade clause and prevents the team from using the franchise tag on him next year.

Despite the lack of a new deal, Prescott has maintained a patient and team-first attitude.

“I don’t play for money. Never have never cared for it, to be honest with you,” Prescott stated during the Cowboys’ recent OTAs.

“For me, it’s about controlling what I can control and letting the rest take care of itself.”

Prescott’s cap hit of $55.45 million this year looms large, and without a new agreement by next March, he could count over $40 million against the 2025 cap in dead money.

Comparisons have been drawn to other quarterback contracts, such as Jared Goff’s recent deal with the Detroit Lions worth $53 million annually, including a $73 million signing bonus.

As the Cowboys prepare for the upcoming season, the pressure is on to end their long conference title drought.

With Prescott leading the charge, the team will once again aim to surpass their recent playoff disappointments and make a significant run in the postseason.

However, securing Prescott’s future with the team remains a crucial piece of the puzzle.