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When the Dallas Cowboys traded for former San Francisco 49ers first-round pick Trey Lance, many wondered if it was a sign that the Cowboys were preparing for a future without Dak Prescott.

The eighth-year quarterback is set to see his salary cap hit balloon to $59.5 million for the 2024 season, leading some to believe that perhaps the Cowboys would try and float Prescott on the trade market or cut him for the cheaper option at quarterback, in Lance.

Appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio this week, Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones put the rumors to bed, saying via Pro Football Talk, “Dak’s the unquestioned leader here on this football team, He’s got rare skills in that area in terms of being able to lead the team. You know, we look at Dak as a guy who’s gonna be around here for many, many years to come. And I just really felt like Trey Lance, you know, upgraded the room and gives us a chance if something were to happen to Dak to stay in the mix like other teams have done in the past. I know Philly did it one year with Nick Foles. And sometimes you don’t get your Number One guy all the way through the year and it’s always nice to improve that room.”

The Cowboys will almost certainly look to sign Prescott to an extension, allowing them to defer some of his 2024 money until later in his deal so their salary cap situation can improve next season.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Stephen’s father, echoed the very same sentiment last week. It seems clear that Prescott wants to be in Dallas and Dallas wants to keep Prescott, but until pen meets paper, anything can happen.

[Pro Football Talk]