Ezekiel Elliott will see dollar signs after Todd Gurley’s deal reset the RB market

AP

Ezekiel Elliott can’t get a new contract for two more seasons, but the Cowboys running back certainly paid attention to the four-year, $60 million contract extension Todd Gurley signed with the Rams earlier this week. Gurley’s deal includes $45 million guaranteed.

Rams General Manager Les Snead said the deal will “blaze the new standard” for players like Elliott, David Johnson and Le'Veon Bell. Elliott agrees.

“I think it’s great for running back position which has been devalued in the past couple of years,” Elliott said. “You have seen a trend of running backs being picked high, and after they have been picked high, their team has gotten better. So I think the league is finally noticing the value of the running back.”

The Cowboys will have to pay quarterback Dak Prescott after this season. Elliott’s turn comes later.

The Cowboys will pick up Elliott’s fifth-year option for 2021 — barring the unexpected — giving them more time to negotiate a new deal with him.

Although they couldn’t come to terms with DeMarco Murray on a long-term deal after four seasons, they have more invested in Elliott . . . and believe he’s a better running back. But executive vice president Stephen Jones knows what Gurley’s deal means for his team and for Elliott: The Cowboys will have to pay, and Elliott will get paid.

“Well, obviously that changed it,” Jones said. “That certainly moved the market in terms of running backs. Certainly you’ve got great running backs out there right now that have been wanting to move that market. For awhile there, with the running backs [the thought] you could pick them later in the draft, that you didn’t necessarily need to allocate big sums of money when you’re trying to work through how you divide up and how you allocate your salary cap. But you know obviously when we picked Zeke that was the first time in a while a running back had been picked that high. I would probably submit to you that Gurley might would have been picked that high had he not been coming off a significant injury. You throw in Saquon [Barkley] and some of these guys, and I think when we see these types of backs that have these type of skills that make a difference for these teams then certainly I think everybody is understanding their value. It certainly will affect Zeke. I’m sure Zeke smiled big when he saw it.

“I wouldn’t take anybody for Zeke. I just think we’ve got the best one in the league, and I think he’s put his off the field issues behind him, and I expect him to do very special things and just as I said with Dak, I hope we’re looking at big numbers on both of them, because that’ll mean they’ve had great years, and I would submit to you that if both of them go out and have great years, the Dallas Cowboys are going to have a great year, too.”

Elliott led the league in rushing as a rookie before serving a six-game suspension last season that took him out of the rushing race. The Cowboys went 3-3 without him.

34 responses to “Ezekiel Elliott will see dollar signs after Todd Gurley’s deal reset the RB market

  1. Don’t expect a hold out. If, as you are reporting, Zeke is watching Gurley then he knows that he has to keep working and remain in the building and everything else will take care of itself. Anyone tells you any different, just point to where they drafted him and point at his production. Teams take care of top 5 picks.

  2. The Cowboys oline keeps the rb’s fresh. They may get alot of carries, but anyone who watches Americas Team KNOWS that our running backs dont get hit alot at the line of scrimmage. Our oline gives them holes and some times canyons to run through.
    So zeke like Murray wont be used up. Lots of carries yeah sure, but not to many hits at the line.

  3. omeimontis says:
    July 28, 2018 at 6:37 pm
    Elliott can also look at DeMarco Murray as another alternative to his future

    Or he can look at Emmitt Smith as an alternative to his future. SMH!

  4. calizcowboyz says
    Americas Team KNOWS that our running backs dont get hit alot at the line of scrimmage. Our oline gives them holes and some times canyons to run through.

    But the best line in NFL history got your Mobil qb sacked 32 times last year.
    2 playoff wins in the past 20 some years, and it ain’t improving in 2018.

  5. owlbania says:
    July 28, 2018 at 6:49 pm
    calizcowboyz says
    Americas Team KNOWS that our running backs dont get hit alot at the line of scrimmage. Our oline gives them holes and some times canyons to run through.

    But the best line in NFL history got your Mobil qb sacked 32 times last year.
    2 playoff wins in the past 20 some years, and it ain’t improving in 2018.

    The best oline in NFL history was missing TWO key starters. Our mobile qb is a pocket passer first (not a scrambler).
    And two playoff wins in 20 years is history bro right. After all the eagles won NOTHING for 57 years then pulled a one and done championship just like the seahawks. So how are we not improving in 2018? Our roster already has. Starters and Depth are BBAAACCCKK! keep hating bro!

  6. briang123 says:
    July 28, 2018 at 7:09 pm
    Man i hope they pay Dak a cap-crushing contract after this season.

    Signed, fans of the rest of the NFC East

    Well Dak is the best qb in the NFCBEAST (stats dont lie) so yeah bro he deserves to get paid!
    Except it wont be cap crushing. H A T E R.

  7. In Dallas winning games are an afterthought. It’s all bout cap space, making Jerry happy. Not about winning. Cowboys fans are weird, stupid and weird.

  8. 700levelvet says:
    July 28, 2018 at 7:24 pm
    In Dallas winning games are an afterthought. It’s all bout cap space, making Jerry happy. Not about winning. Cowboys fans are weird, stupid and weird

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    I think the word you’re looking for is dopey.

  9. It helps that Dallas has probably the best offensive line in the NFL. The problem is they don’t run the ball as much as they should. How many times have we seen Garrett run pass plays when he should be running the ball? They have a great OL and RB. They need to probably utilize it more, especially when they have a lead.

  10. calizcowboyz says:
    Well Dak is the best qb in the NFCBEAST (stats dont lie) so yeah bro he deserves to get paid!

    At best he would be third string on the Super Bowl champion Eagles (stats really don’t lie, you just don’t comprehend them).

  11. It is a passing league. It will take a special running back to get paid. Gurley is an awesome back. Rare to see. Elliot hasnt proven anything yet. That said, seeing articles on here about player pay, it sounds like everyone should get 60 mill with 45 guaranteed.

  12. Wow, Jerry shoots off his mouth about the anthem and Cowboy fans act like it’s the 90s again.
    Give it a year, they’ll be back to being the Papa John’s of the NFL.

  13. Snead not only screwed the Rams. He screwed the rest of the league while he was at it.

  14. Why can they move up and down the field outside the 20’s and have to kick a field goal nearly every damned time? Did they somehow forget the plays that were working?

  15. They have a few years to see if Gurley’s contract (and Cooks, etc.) cripple the Rams moving forward. Do they want to build a playoff caliber team for a couple of seasons or build something that can be consistent year in and year out?

  16. Elliot isn’t Gurly and it would be a mistake to pay him like he is. I don’t see a long career for Elliot. In two more years I would let someone else over pay for him.

  17. So let’s get 3 things straight regarding running backs:

    – They’re not worth expensive long term deals because their shelf life is short…
    – They’re not worth expensive long term deals because they’re easily replaceable…
    – They’re not worth expensive long term deals because the league emphasizes passing…

    One can only conclude Emmitt Smith is the greatest football player of all time! What hasn’t he accomplished? Superbowl, Superbowl MVP, League MVP, All Pro, Rushing Titles, ROY…and apparently 3 NFL Records that will never be broken because of the 3 things listed above!

    In the past their have been WRs at age 30 on pace to give Jerry Rice a run for his money on yards, catches and tds…no one’s been able to do it, but at least the possibility was there…Has any running back at age 30 even come close to being on pace for Emmitt’s records? Seriously that man is inhuman compared to his peers…

  18. Just curious how many suspensions has Gurley served vs. Elliott? That stat *might* come up in contract negotiations.

  19. calizcowboyz says:
    July 28, 2018 at 7:14 pm
    briang123 says:
    July 28, 2018 at 7:09 pm
    Man i hope they pay Dak a cap-crushing contract after this season.

    Signed, fans of the rest of the NFC East

    Well Dak is the best qb in the NFCBEAST (stats dont lie) so yeah bro he deserves to get paid!
    Except it wont be cap crushing. H A T E R.

    —————

    Stats don’t lie. Nick Foles has more postseason wins last year than the Cowboys have in the last 20

  20. omeimontis says:
    July 28, 2018 at 6:37 pm
    Elliott can also look at DeMarco Murray as another alternative to his future

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    7 years, multiple pro bowls, rushing title, OPOY, and retired by 29 with his body mostly intact. Not to shabby of a career if you ask me

  21. They could easily use up his rookie contract, 5th year option, and franchise him once or twice and get all of his peak years up and let him walk when he’s pushing 28/29 years old.

  22. 700levelvet says:

    Cowboys fans responses are like grub hub orders… yeah I’m stupid and ordering
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    Says the fan of the Redskins. The Cowboys have won three Super Bowls since the last time your team was relevant, and you probably got an RGIII tattoo.

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