Could New England Patriots be eyeing Dak Prescott in 2025?

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The New England Patriots don’t have their long-term quarterback in place, and Dak Prescott isn’t expected to sign an extension with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason.

Are these two situations related?

On Thursday’s edition of “First Things First,” Nick Wright opined why they may indeed be.

“The Patriots right now are on the books for almost $200 million in cap space next year, $200 million in space, so there’s only seven other teams that have even $100 million; nobody’s got even more than $130 [million] … what if the Patriots traded the pick at [No.] 3, particularly if Drake Maye’s there because then people want it even more because people seem to love him. 

“Say he’s traded to Minnesota for [picks No.] 11 and 23 and something, draft a tackle there, whether it’s [Joe] Alt or [Taliese] Fuaga, draft one of the many stud wide receivers in this class at [No.] 23 and have the plan be ‘we’re gonna sign Dak Prescott,'” Wright said. 

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“He’s an unrestricted free agent [in 2025], and the whole idea behind what the Cowboys’ problem is and a lot of teams’ problem is ‘well, you’re going to have to pay him $60 million a year, and it’s got to be backloaded because we don’t have the room. It’s gonna be like $30 million, then $65 [million], then $70 [million]. We wouldn’t have to do that if we’re the Patriots. We could do the rare frontloaded deal where his first year the cap hit’s $75 million if we want it to be, and then it goes down. 

“You’re building the team; you’re building the culture; the Cowboys couldn’t stop ya. It seems that he’s going to be available. Teams with cap space are not going to be at the front of the line for him. Could that be the Patriots’ plan? Trade down, build the team, install a culture and then install an older, known quantity at…

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