Cowboys know Todd Gurley deal “probably where it starts” with Ezekiel Elliott

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Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is the biggest impending free agent on the Cowboys, but he isn’t the only player that may be in line for a new contract from the team in the near future.

That point was illustrated by executive vice president Stephen Jones’ meeting with the media from the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Tuesday. Jones updated where things stand with Lawrence, reiterated the team’s desire to extend quarterback Dak Prescott‘s deal and also touched on running back Ezekiel Elliott‘s future.

Elliott is headed into the fourth year of his rookie deal and the team will almost certainly exercise their fifth-year option unless an extension is reached before that kicks in. On Tuesday, Jones said that the team knows that the four-year, $60 million extension that Todd Gurley signed with the Rams last year set the bar for where talks with Elliott will begin and that the team has taken that into account when setting budgets.

“We’ve got it budgeted that we’re going to pay Zeke a significant contract at some point. … We certainly saw what Gurley got paid and we know that’s probably where it starts, and we’ll go from there,” Jones said, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.

The Cowboys would have the option of using the franchise tag on Elliott in 2021 if they haven’t been able to reach agreement on a new deal, but there’s a long way to go before that’s going to be on the table.

48 responses to “Cowboys know Todd Gurley deal “probably where it starts” with Ezekiel Elliott

  1. Will it come with an “exempt from playing in the Super Bowl” clause like Gurley’s does?

  2. I will preface by saying I am an Eagles fan but why oh why would Jerry say this prior to starting negotiations with his best player?? I know Jerry likes to talk but does it have to be everyday??

  3. Where it starts? hahaha Where it ends too! What has Elliott done to deserve any kind of big time contract? I don’t recall him hoisting a Lombardi trophy recently. Go back to work, win something and then maybe he gets a raise.

  4. tylawspick6 says:
    February 26, 2019 at 1:55 pm
    Cap hell coming.
    —-
    You do realize the cap has risen significantly over the past few years don’t you? Teams also have a cap floor they must maintain per the CBA. You might as well pay your best players who you drafted.

  5. Did not realize Gurley had that kind of contract. What is the guaranteed $? Maybe someone will pay Bell what he wants after all.

  6. I think the Rams showed everybody why you don’t pay a RB that kind of money. Dude had a bum knee before he entered the league and was a no show throughout the playoffs and Super Bowl. Zeke is a stud RB but how long would he play at this level with the workload they are giving him. They should have him play out his rookie deal use the tag and shore up their RB depth.

  7. tylawsparanoia always with the same comment “Cap hell!” Umm, the Cowboys have $30mm in cap space and can get it even higher (in the neighborhood of $40mm.) Earl Thomas will come here, everyone will be signed, and there will be no cap hell now or in the near future. But nice try, sport.

  8. Or maybe you sit your top 3 or 4 players down an explain that overpaying you four prevents us from building those players around you that are needed to compete against teams like….uh….those damn Patriots who get guys to accept the T-E-A-M approach, take less money and build around the stars with cast offs and have been to lets say 10 Super Bowls since Dallas last played in one in 1996….

    Naw just overpay an make excuses to your fan base!!!!!!

  9. Who cares.
    Dalvin Cook is better than both of them anyway.
    Only my team will have no trouble juggling the contracts to get his deal done.
    Can’t wait to see how the Cowgirls with all their lawbreaking citizens handle this negotiation.

  10. Chances are that’s what Le’Veon Bell wants too. He’s not going to get Elliott money and if any team does give him that much they will regret it after about four games.

  11. Elliot is good, but I don’t think any RB is worth Gurly money or more. James Conner showed what a great RB is worth. Sure Bell is better…but he’s not 15 or 20 million a year better than Conner. Money better spent elsewhere while paying any ol’ RB a ‘modest’ salary.

  12. Zeke is going to be a stud for the next 7-8 years. He has been super durable so they will need to open the bank to pay the man in 2021. Of course this is pure speculation from a longtime Cowboys fan, but I expect to see him get his gold jacket sometime around 2030.

  13. It’s so strange to me that one team making a stupid move sets the bar for every other team going forward.

    Gurley’s contract was ridiculous. Teams should be able to recognize that and set the “starting point” notably lower. But throwing money at things is a classic solution and likely won’t change any time soon.

  14. @ sceaglesfan

    I will preface my response to you by saying PLEASE read the story carefully. This was STEPHEN Jones, not Jerry who was quoted discussing Zeke’s contract.

    Secondly, everybody knows Gurley is the starting point for big $ RB contracts. Do you really think by Jones not saying as much, Zeke’s agent magically won’t point to Gurley’s deal as the standard for a top RB? Please.

    Seems to me that after your paper champ Eagles were sent home packing that you might have better things to concern yourself with, such as your own team (minus Nick Foles).

  15. “Of course this is pure speculation from a longtime Cowboys fan, but I expect to see him get his gold jacket sometime around 2030.”

    He’s a great RB, but a far cry from getting a gold jacket right now. Heck Lev Bell was on his way to a gold jacket a couple years back. Anything can happen.

  16. I love me some Zeke, but… I just can’t see dropping big money on a RB now days.

    Yes, Zeke is a pretty close to stud RB, but what’s the point of having a stud RB if your OLine is crap? Pay the OL. RB is becoming a deep position every draft

  17. PurpleReign1977 says:
    February 26, 2019 at 2:35 pm
    Who cares.
    Dalvin Cook is better than both of them anyway.
    Only my team will have no trouble juggling the contracts to get his deal done.
    Can’t wait to see how the Cowgirls with all their lawbreaking citizens handle this negotiation.
    __________________________________
    Sure about that? You have that choking mediocre QB Cousins that is eating up a ton of cap space. Vikings in worse shape than Cowboys, Chief.

  18. Zeke and his agent won’t let him sign for anything less than 15 million a year, and if he is smart, do what Bell did except in the first year. Someone will sign him for $15 million.

    Those talking about the Cowboys not being in cap hell. They have about $45 million this year, if they sign Lawrence for his market value of $21 million that leaves them $24 mill. Cut Sean Lee saves net $5 million. Dak is in his final year at $750K, His QB market value is about $25, to tag him next year will be $30 million. So if they are going to keep him they need to sign him this year. So that is $24 plus $5 minus at least $25 for Dak leaves them $4 million for Rookies, which isn’t enough. So who do they juggle contracts or cut? Cooper is easy to cut and saves $13 million with no dead cap. Cole is a free agent. Frederick’s no matter what has a $16 million dead cap space if can play or not. Probably will cut or trade La’el to save net $8 million and replace with a $1 million dollar crappy tackle. They can also let Bryon Jones go and save $6 million. Earl is going to cost a minimum of $8 million so no way. This is all the definition of cap hell, to sign there great players they are going to lose some great players and above average starters, which equates to not getting any better and actually getting worse. Cooper, Jones and Prescott will be free agents next year, who do they sign? Cooper will command at least $18 million, Byron Jones somewhere around $15 mill and Dak at least $25 million. Who are the 3 they let walk.

  19. 6thsense10 says:
    February 26, 2019 at 2:16 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    February 26, 2019 at 1:55 pm
    Cap hell coming.
    —-
    You do realize the cap has risen significantly over the past few years don’t you? Teams also have a cap floor they must maintain per the CBA. You might as well pay your best players who you drafted.
    —————
    Time to pay Elliott at least $15 million a year (based upon Gurley’s contract), Cooper at least $10 million a year (based on being the number one receiver on the team), Lawrence at least $18 million a year (based upon Von Miller and Mack) and Prescott at least $22 million a year (based on starting qb). Tell me again about the cap rising?

  20. tylawspick6 says:
    February 26, 2019 at 1:55 pm
    Cap hell coming.

    ——————————————————

    not really. the team is in excellent shape cap wise. the key is to continue hitting in the draft.

  21. you can say what you want about the Cowboys, they certainly deserve their share of criticism, but losing their best players to free agency has never been an issue for this club. zeke isn’t going anywhere. lawrence isn’t going anywhere. dak isn’t going anywhere. (ugh)

    the cap is going up, again. Romo is finally off the books. Lee looks like he’s spent his final days on the DL with this team, so that money is available. Cowboys are in great shape cap wise and talent wise. very curious to see how they screw it up this time!

    #DC4L

  22. KeepItReal says:
    February 26, 2019 at 3:26 pm
    6thsense10 says:
    February 26, 2019 at 2:16 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    February 26, 2019 at 1:55 pm
    Cap hell coming.
    —-
    You do realize the cap has risen significantly over the past few years don’t you? Teams also have a cap floor they must maintain per the CBA. You might as well pay your best players who you drafted.
    —————
    Time to pay Elliott at least $15 million a year (based upon Gurley’s contract), Cooper at least $10 million a year (based on being the number one receiver on the team), Lawrence at least $18 million a year (based upon Von Miller and Mack) and Prescott at least $22 million a year (based on starting qb). Tell me again about the cap rising?

    ——————————————————————————-

    cap is rising

  23. “Time to pay Elliott at least $15 million a year (based upon Gurley’s contract), Cooper at least $10 million a year (based on being the number one receiver on the team), Lawrence at least $18 million a year (based upon Von Miller and Mack) and Prescott at least $22 million a year (based on starting qb). Tell me again about the cap rising?”

    Cooper is going to command closing to 14/15 million per. Lawrence may push 20-22 million per. Dak is going to be 25+ million per and Zeke is going to be in the range of 16-17 million per.
    But look, this isn’t a knock on the Cowboys. You draft well, you have these choices to make, but they likely shouldn’t/couldn’t keep them all.

  24. PurpleReign1977 says:
    February 26, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Who cares.
    Dalvin Cook is better than both of them anyway.
    Only my team will have no trouble juggling the contracts to get his deal done.
    Can’t wait to see how the Cowgirls with all their lawbreaking citizens handle this negotiation.
    __________________

    Wow! The Barneys never fail to amaze me, as the depths of their delusions hold no bounds.

    ProFootball Focus ranked Dalvin Cook as the 5th best RB in his own division, the NFC North.
    A division that only has 4 teams.
    Right now, he’s not even the best option on his own team.

    Listen, I hate to be the one to break the news to you, but the Vikings simply aren’t as stacked with talent as so many of you would try and lead us to believe.
    Otherwise, they’d have far more success on the field than they’ve shown.
    They’ve been the textbook example of mediocrity throughout the history of that franchise.

    You really have no business even commenting on this particular story with the football acumen you’ve displayed here.
    But, in the end, I’m sure this post is falling on deaf ears anyway. SMH.

  25. In my 50+ years on this earth, I’ve learned one bold truth. Don’t give RB’s giant second contracts. It seldom ends well.

  26. A middle-round rookie can be plugged in to the RB position at about 3% of the cost of Todd Gurley’s contract. If Dallas pays Zeke, they will not be better off for it.

  27. So if the Cowboys were to sign everyone as some are predicting and not having cap issues. Martin, Smith and Fredericks cost $40 million for the 3 (for the next 4 years). Dak at least $25, Zeke $15, Copper at least $18 (based on Cooks and Watkins), Lawrence at least $21, Byron Jones $15. This is around $136 million for 8 players. 2019 cap around $180 million, Leaves about $44 million to pay the other 45 or so players which is under $1 million a year. Second contract league minimum for 2019 veterans about $800k and go down to just under $500k for rookie free agents. So the Cowboys will need to count on a lot of bottom feeders at league minimum to fill out their roster. One thing not factored in by most is with the rising cap, so far at least with QB’s, CB’s and pass rushers the contracts are rising proportionately.

    This is the same issue with all teams, Pay a few a lot and have no depth (and hope for no injuries) or do the Patriots way by paying average players average contracts and having a lot more depth. There is also the Eagles, Seahawks and attempted Rams ways load up on talent with cheap QB rookie contracts then let everyone go when they have to sign the QB and drop down in overall talent.

  28. After Kamara and McCaffrey…the Giants are gonna end up having to pay Barkley $20+ mil per year…lolol…double franchise tag here we come! #idiots

  29. HA Copper wants $15m per. He THINKS hes a top 5 WR. Good luck Cowboys and thanks for the 1st round pick

  30. THe COwboys are going to have to get creative with contracts the next couple years. And geez, purple reign is a cheeser in disguise, but I see the post did get waffle off the couch.

  31. raiderdave31 says:
    February 26, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Not even close on talent. Hurley and bell are much more crucial.

    =============

    While Elliott lead the NFL in rushing this season, Gurley’s stuck to the bench and Bell to his living room couch.

    Talent doesn’t mean anything if you’re too injury-prone or insane to use it. I’ll take the guy who’s actually playing, who has the rushing title for 2 of the last 3 seasons, and who has plenty of talent in his own right.

  32. Khalil Mack has set a new precedent on a first rd rookie deal and the 5th year club option., Le’veon Bell has also impacted the tag game….Players will now just refuse to play unless they get paid. It’s that simple. Even if the Steelers tag Bell again this year, it will be at a cost around 25million+ next year thanks to a tag loophole that now benefits tagged players.

    Either way expect all great players that are still on rookie deals to want to get paid after year…it’s no longer year 5.

  33. Wafflestomp says:
    February 26, 2019 at 4:17 pm
    PurpleReign1977 says:
    February 26, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Who cares.
    Dalvin Cook is better than both of them anyway.
    Only my team will have no trouble juggling the contracts to get his deal done.
    Can’t wait to see how the Cowgirls with all their lawbreaking citizens handle this negotiation.
    __________________

    Wow! The Barneys never fail to amaze me, as the depths of their delusions hold no bounds.

    ProFootball Focus ranked Dalvin Cook as the 5th best RB in his own division, the NFC North.
    A division that only has 4 teams.
    Right now, he’s not even the best option on his own team.

    Listen, I hate to be the one to break the news to you, but the Vikings simply aren’t as stacked with talent as so many of you would try and lead us to believe.
    Otherwise, they’d have far more success on the field than they’ve shown.
    They’ve been the textbook example of mediocrity throughout the history of that franchise.

    You really have no business even commenting on this particular story with the football acumen you’ve displayed here.
    But, in the end, I’m sure this post is falling on deaf ears anyway. SMH

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Relax waffle, you got snookered. Purplereign is one of yours. A green and yellow. No way is Cook better than Gurley or Elliott. Just better than any packer RB.

  34. Regardless of how much money Elliott eventually makes playing football, there’s no guarantee he won’t be broke 5 years after retiring. So the first thing he needs to get straight is the way he invests his money. The second thing is being happy with the team he plays for. I think Elliott is the 2nd best RB in the league behind Saquan Barkley. Elliott could get into a bidding war and break the bank. Someone will pay big bucks. Generally a GM that’s desperate and on the hot seat will need to make a splash signing and he’ll save his job for a year by signing Elliott. As we see with Saquan Barkley, RB’s don’t win games. It’s a QB league. Also, as we saw when James Conner stepped in for LeVeon Bell, and when C.J. Anderson stepped in for Todd Gurley, it’s not the smartest move to spend big on a RB. The bottom line is the Cowboys would be smarter to spend their money on defense. If they get a couple more studs on defense, they’ll only have to score 14 points a game to go 12-4.

  35. He will get paid. They’ll probably front load his contract ‘just in case’. He deserves it too, hes a clear difference maker for them.

    Cap will eventually come into play as it always does but they have enough room with cuts / reductions (Sean Lee) and restructures (Oline). They should be fine to resign everyone they need too.

    Hopefully they dont break the bank on Prescott.

  36. Zeke and Dak’s agent probably has the easiest jobs in the world. Here you have a GM who comes out and says where he’s going to start the negotiations. Anyone with half brain knows Zeke is probably expecting to be one of the top paid RBs. Dak…could probably squeeze JJ for more than what he’s actually worth, which is an average QB with legs.

  37. flviking says:
    February 26, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Relax waffle, you got snookered. Purplereign is one of yours. A green and yellow. No way is Cook better than Gurley or Elliott. Just better than any packer RB.
    **********************

    You are correct when you say that Cook is in no way better than both Gurley and Elliott, that’s obvious, but right now there isn’t a more talented overall back in the NFC North than GB’s Aaron Jones.
    And no, I’m not a Packers fan.

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