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Dak Prescott addresses contract talks, lawsuit

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott addressed his contract situation, the notion of playing for another team as well as the lawsuit he filed regarding an alleged extortion claim in comments made at a charity event.

"I'm not going to say I fear being here or not. I don't fear either situation, to be candid with you," Prescott said Friday from the Children's Cancer Fund Gala, per The Athletic. "I love this game and love to play and love to better myself as a player and my teammates around me. Right now it's with the Dallas Cowboys, it's where I want to be, and that's where I am, and that's the focus. And after the season we'll see where we're at and if the future holds that. And if not, we'll go from there."

Prescott, 30, is entering his ninth season and the final campaign of a four-year, $160 million contract he signed in 2021. He holds a no-trade clause and a no franchise-tag agreement.

Prescott's salary-cap figure in 2024 is $55.45 million, which is the second-highest in the NFL behind Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson ($63.77 million).

Prescott said his primary interest isn't eclipsing Cincinnati's Joe Burrow as the NFL's highest-paid quarterback. Burrow's average salary is $55 million a year, while Prescott currently pockets $40 million. Prescott ranks No. 10 in pay on the quarterbacks list.

"No, I'm not trying to be the highest paid necessarily," Prescott said. "We'll wait until the negotiations begin and obviously want to put this team in the best situation."

Prescott also was asked about the lawsuit he filed regarding an alleged extortion claim made by a woman who said she was sexually assaulted by him in 2017.

"I know the truth," he said. "I'm confident in what we filed. Very confident in what we filed. I know some things have changed in their sense in where they filed, but that doesn't have any weighing on what we're doing and how we're going about our lawsuit."

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