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Jerry Jones: 'We don't need to' extend Prescott

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn't believe his team has to extend quarterback Dak Prescott this offseason.

"We don't need to, but we can if everybody wants to solve it," Jones said Friday at the NFL combine, according to Jon Machota of The Athletic. "If you can't, what we have in place works. And so obviously, if you do it one way, then that gives you, you'll be working through some of the other areas on the team in a different way."

He added: "But you can't really plan on that until you see where you are there. That's what we're doing."

Prescott is entering the final season of a four-year, $160-million deal signed in 2021 that includes no-trade and tag clauses. He'll become an unrestricted free agent in 2025 if the sides can't agree on a new contract.

Dallas is currently $4 million over the cap, according to Spotrac. Signing Prescott to an extension could give the club financial relief, as he'll carry a $59.4-million cap hit in 2024.

The 30-year-old is coming off arguably his best season as a pro, setting career highs in completion percentage and touchdown passes. He totaled 4,516 passing yards and finished second in MVP voting.

However, the Cowboys have compiled just a 2-5 postseason record with Prescott as their starter, most recently losing 48-32 to the Green Bay Packers in January.

Dallas hasn't reached the NFC Championship Game since the 1995 season.

"I'm very pleased with how Dak progressed," Jones said. "I am not to the stage of saying, 'Well, I've had it. I'm fed up in any way with Dak.' What I'm encouraged by is that by all accounts and everybody around him, including him, believe that he's going to be better and is getting better."

Prescott has started 114 regular-season contests since Dallas drafted him in the fourth round in 2016.

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