UPDATE: Cowboys Trading Dak to Sign Patriots QB Brady? Listen to Michael Irvin Explain

Mike Fisher

FRISCO - As near as I can tell, my guy Colin Cowherd started this. But now my guy Michael Irvin is talking about it, too, and the gravitas of the idea of Dallas Cowboys movement involving QB Dak Prescott and QB Tom Brady is increasing.

UPDATE 1: Note that in the original writing of this story, I didn't say the odds of Brady being a Cowboy are "increasing'' - just that Irvin's mention of it is weighty.

Speaking on topic Friday on WEEI’s “Dale & Keefe,” NFL Network’s Irvin, - a legendary and plugged-in former Cowboy - shared a Super Bowl Week conversation that he termed "shocking'' that he had with “very significant people.”

From Irvin: “I am telling you right now, at the Super Bowl in Miami, some very significant people that I had conversations (with were) leaning in that same direction. It was shocking. I had a vodka cranberry in my hand and when they said it to me I put the drink down and said, ‘Let’s talk a little bit more about this.’ 

"I promise you, I had a conversation with people, I can’t tell you who, about that same scenario going down.”

The idea: The Cowboys could use the franchise tag on Prescott, trade him afterward and then sign Tom Brady. 

I don't think this is what Cowboys COO Stephen Jones meant when late this week he said of Dak negotiations, "Things are fixin' to heat up.''

Because this is a different kind of "heat.''

It is worth noting that after this story was published, Irvin responded on Twitter to clarify that his conversation was not with "Jerry [Jones] or anyone in the organization."

UPDATE 2: Various media outlets have blamed Irvin for not being clear from the outset that Jerry wasn't his cocktail-party source. But they've got it backward. It's not his job to identify in any way his source. Journalists should no better than that. Further, it's selling Michael way short to think his old connection across the league - this is a Pro Football Hall-of-Famer, a great communicator, everybody's "best friend'' and an NFL reporter - is just one guy who he used to work with.

Irvin appeared on 105.3 The Fan to make that very point ...

So was this just gossip over a vodka cranberry? Or maybe gossip after too many vodka cranberries? Did this come from some fun speculation from, say, Cowherd?

“Tom Brady,'' Cowherd said this week on his popular FS1 show "The Herd,'' "is NOT going to a team who has a legitimate franchise quarterback, he’s NOT going to a team with a bottom-10 offensive line, he’s NOT going to to a team without legitimate weapons, he’s NOT going to a team without a coach who has never won a division or without a good young coaching currently leading his division, and he’s not going to a small market. What’s left? The Steelers, the 49ers, the Bears and the Cowboys. The Steelers have Big Ben, the Niners have Garoppolo, and the Bears have their head coach, but my prediction is… THE COWBOYS.”

It's true that the future of the 42-year-old Brady, who wishes to continue a lengthy and stellar career featuring six Super Bowl wins, is in limbo. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is on-record as wishing him to return, and surely owner Robert Kraft is of the same mind.

Maybe Colin had himself a vodka cranberry. Or maybe what Cowherd is doing here is stirring up drama. And maybe Irvin is doing both.

But, hey, that's appropriate, as Brady himself surely enjoys doing the same - well, at least the "drama'' part. (I know nothing of his drinking habits.)

For Brady to move to the Dallas Cowboys, of course, something else monumental must happen: The Cowboys must dump all their meticulously formulated plans and change course on keeping Prescott.

"Dak vs. Dallas'' has been viewed by some as having "ominous'' tones. I have not seen it that way, as I know how close the parties were to finalizing a deal in September that would've made Prescott a "top-five-paid'' QB in the $34 mil APY range. (Indeed, the new Jay Glazer story on Dallas keeping Dak - without him ever asking for $40 mil APY - lines up exactly as we've reported it.)

They almost got there then. Even with the March 10 application of a franchise tag, they can get there again, with the possibility of Dak withholding his services during the spring the only true dark cloud. ... unless of course, it is Dallas' (perfectly legal) intention to franchise him, get him to sign that tender, then deal him.

Which brings us to a poll, from another of my guys, 105.3 The Fan teammates Shan Shariff of "Shan & RJ.''

"Get Tom Brady'' represents an interesting idea to the almost 7,000 Cowboys fans who voted. But "Pay Dak $378 million'' represents the most popular, and frankly, most logical.

And finally, a third smart media member chimes in:

Long-time NFL guy Gary Myers, now my SI.com colleague, places his sensible bet.

There's your bet. Tom Brady is going to take his talents to ... the New England Patriots. And Dak stays in Dallas. At this moment, though, I might be a vodka cranberry on all of that, and not much more.

UPDATE 3: The next question is about whether the Jones family is wobbling at all regarding its long-standing commitment to Dak. There is no indication of that, and even Irvin is careful to say he thinks none of this Brady/Dak flip-flop is happening. But a cocktail-party conversation about it? That did happen. That's what he reported. And so we'll keep reporting on that and more.

Comments (24)
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Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy

Editor

I'm with Gary on this. This seems all like "agent-speak". He'll be back with the Patriots for one more season.

Mike Fisher
Mike Fisher

Editor

Certainly possible that Irvin's 'significant people' could be people (agent?) who wants to stir things up. But there's enough smoke for us to continue to investigate and ask - Fish

Air Jordon
Air Jordon

I was like I'm reading right my man Tom Brady might become a Cowboy or I've been hanging out with Michael Irvin but I didn't put my drink down plus I already had way too many before I thought we heard that news (lol,lol)....

jamesgeorge
jamesgeorge

Dak is an average NFL quarterback at best. Brady's best is behind him. Go for Bridgewater who is markedly better than Prescott and who the cowboys can get for less than Brady would cost.

Matt Galatzan
Matt Galatzan

Editor

This would be a major risk given Brady’s age. The hardest thing to find in the nfl is a franchise quarterback. Once Brady retired, they’d be back to square one.

jda8600
jda8600

I know this is fun speculation, but I would be in favor of this. I think Dak represents the Cowboys very well in front of a microphone, work ethic, etc... What I'm not sure of, is just how good Dak actually is. Stats are for lazy people, my eyes show Dak is limited, especially on off script plays where arm strength matters. I would be in favor of having Brady for two years, draft his successor and move forward. 35 million for Dak is absurb, I would rather give to a proven commodity and draft a young QB or two and groom him to take over a few years down the line. Just IMO.

jverner
jverner

I think vodka cranberry is a dangerous drink.

CountryCowboy27
CountryCowboy27

My opinion? Fuck Brady, I'd rather have buttfumble. lol Dak isn't worth the money he wants right now. He's no AR, or Russel Wilson. Of course he's got room to grow. I believe a deal didn't happen because he wanted to much money without the proper stats, so they may tag him to see if he is up to par this season. Notice how he fell off after talks died out?? Hmm.

FS Dolan
FS Dolan

I like "Option B: Give Tom Brady $30 per for 2 years then trade Dak for 2 picks = draft your next QB".
I would also like a variation that has another BIG NAME QB in place of Brady with the final goal of getting draft picks for the next QB.

Trisha7575
Trisha7575

I say get rid of Prescott and go for Brady. Dak has not proved he can do it! He always chokes, Tom Brady doesn't! If they want another super bowl, get rid of Dak and sign Brady. He has proven he is the best out there.

.jelpy
.jelpy

I like Dak, but I'm really sick of some guy holding out because he wants 34 million insteaD OF 30. How much money can you spend in one life? at $300000 you can bank it in a trust fund and live fine for the rest of your life. demanding say $34 of $35 or $36 million is greedily offensive. Also, if you examine it, stupid. Tom Brady was paid maybe $23 million for 2019 and the patriots could use the extra money on other quality players. This is one of the reasons Brady has as many superbowl rings as he does.

Miket103
Miket103

I say no way to trading Dak Prescott for Tom Brady! I mean think about it, Dak may not be the best QB in the league, but Tom Brady has been around for years and probably won't be around for much longer, 2, maybe 3 years at the most. Then what are they going to do? With Prescott they still have a chance, he has taken The Cowboys to the playoffs every year except for this past season. And be could have then too if The Eagles would have been beat.

kg901
kg901

Here's the deal. Dak is a repeat of Romo. Better than competent QBs, who will have a great nuts & bolts stat line but do not have the x-factor that makers QBs (even those less talented than them) be able to put a team on their backs, win when it matters, and not wilt under the spotlight of the biggest games. Sorry, but keeping Dak means spending the next 5+ years working to get one or two games deep during the playoff – and nothing more.

DaBoyzFan50
DaBoyzFan50

If he did this, it would be the second-stupidest move Jerry ever made, next to firing Jimmy Johnson after he won 2 consecutive Lombardis. To trade a franchise quarterback entering his prime, for an all-time great at the very end of his career -- and then hope you're lucky enough to draft another quality quarterback after Brady is gone -- would amount almost to ownership malpractice. It was just blind dumb luck they were able to get him the first time. They ought to be counting their blessings.

Pudge_04
Pudge_04

Bruh dak is going to sign for 40 million and Tom Brady might stay with New England Patriots.
But you never know!!!!!

NycDallasFan
NycDallasFan

Dak skipping offseason work w/Franchise Tag is his leverage but bad for him, too. Imagine he puts no effort and shows for season and has crappy year. What does that do to his market the following year. He is not good enough to just show up. He is just taking advantage of the timing and getting paid for it- not because he is that good or worth it. He is a top 15 or so QB, if that. He will get a major contract but seems to be focused on maximizing it for every extra penny. A few million extra now on a 35Mil contract is short sighted. After a crappy year, he leaves via FA and signs for what? And where? How can being QB for Dallas not be worth a few million in marketing vs. QB for Carolina/Jax/TB, etc? My vote is to call his bluff and find another while leaning on Off Line and Zeke. Get Bridgewater or Tannehill etc and build the team and find future QB. Anyone remember Dak before Cooper? What is Dak value if that trade never happens. But Dak wants 40 Mil? When he failed without Coop? Draft a QB and use money to build a team. Teams in SB on rookie QB deals is the trend. And Dak isn’t that good. He needs too much around him vs carry team. 8-8. Lots of QB can do that for lots less

jmc2728
jmc2728

At Cheers, sitting at the bhaar, talking with important people (Norm & Cliff) and they said part of the deal with Mookie was a 3way , Dodgers, Cowboys, Pat's and Sox, *(I know poor guys always dreemin)Dak goes to the Sox ( because he has a wicked ahrm.) Cowboys sign Tommy, and Pat's get Dodgers 1st rd. draft choice, which they immediately trade to the Browns( they won't know ) for 2 two's 2 threes and 2fours in the draft.more Belichick draft magic.


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