Last night, after returning home from my once-every-five-years visit to a college basketball game (have you heard that some of the players are actually getting paid?), I opened a file I had received last August with an official list of all NFL quarterbacks entering the 2017 season, ranked by average annual contract value.
Combining that list with deals finalized (Jimmy Garoppolo) or reported (Alex Smith) since then, the end result was a ranking of all projected 2018 NFL starting quarterbacks, by salary. But there was a glaring omission. The final list, which included 29 projected 2018 starters (and mentioned the uncertain starting status of guys like Sam Bradford, Nick Foles, and Josh McCown), did not include the man who should have been (and now is) at No. 30: Dak Prescott.
I missed Prescott and his paltry $680,000 annual average in part because he was buried so far down the list that I quit scrolling before I got to his name. Specifically, with Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson at No. 29, the Cowboys quarterback appeared after . . . .