When will the Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott do another deal?

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With the Cowboys currently intent on extending quarterback Dak Prescott and receiver Amari Cooper, both of whom have contracts that expire after the season, the Cowboys don’t seem to be thinking at all about negotiating a new contract with running back Ezekiel Elliott.

It’s fairly obvious that the Cowboys aren’t making Elliott a priority for a 2019 re-do, and it’s equally obvious that Elliott won’t be clamoring for his second contract this year. The question becomes whether the Cowboys will extend Elliott prior to the 2020 season, which will be the last of his rookie deal.

Dan Graziano of ESPN recently speculated that the Cowboys may wait until after Elliott’s rookie deal expires, opting to sign him to a new contract with application of the franchise tag looming or opting to keep him for a sixth (and perhaps final) season under the tag. These possibilities, however, fly in the face of comments previously made by Cowboys COO Stephen Jones.

“Certainly we’ve got a couple years there with Zeke to get that done,” Jones told the #PFTPM podcast in the days after the 2019 draft. “We certainly want to get him done. He’s the straw, if you will, that stirs our drink. He’s a key part of what we’re about. Those things take time to get done. They don’t happen overnight. Certainly he’s a priority in terms of ultimately getting him signed. There hasn’t really been a timetable put on this.”

While Zeke may be the straw that stirs the drink now, the Cowboys possibly will be stirring the drink with a new straw, if the offensive focus shifts from banging the ball into the middle of the line of scrimmage with Zeke to developing a stronger passing game, fueled by Amari’s 2,000-yard aspirations. If, after a 2019 season that could, in theory, see more Dak and less Zeke, maybe Zeke becomes less of a priority.

Then there’s the possibility that a coaching change is coming for the Cowboys after the 2019 season, and a new coach may feel differently about a Zeke-centric offense.

Maybe, eventually, Zeke will get the DeMarco Murray treatment. Murray set the franchise’s single-season rushing record in 2014. His reward? A trip to the open market, and a one-way ticket out of town.

It’s currently difficult to envision the Cowboys reaching the same conclusion about Elliott, especially since the franchise used the fourth overall pick in 2016 to get him. Still, quality running backs are easier to find, and are far cheaper, than quality quarterbacks. With plenty of star players on the payroll who have been or will be paid, there’s a chance someone will be holding the bag. Until Elliott gets a second contract, there’s a chance it will be him.

Elliott seems to be content with the reality of not getting a new contract in the near future. Given the possibility that the team may never give him one, Elliott should revisit his position on whether now is the time to draw a line in the sand and demand more.

39 responses to “When will the Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott do another deal?

  1. How is Jerrah going to pay Zeke after he gives 3rd stringer Dak 30 million and forks over another 17 or 18 to Cooper?

    Coming cap crunch in Dallarse?

  2. They’ll run Zeke into the ground and let him go. The two RB’s drafted this year will be his replacements as they turn to RB by committee after Zeke is burnt out.

  3. See one Gurley; Todd Gurley. RB’s are disposable, you don’t give them big money.

  4. Come’on PFT, you’re better than to believe some hack report from espn. Thanks to good drafing, and limited cheap FA signings, the Cowboys have comprised a young roster on team friendly deals. Plenty of cap space to sign Dak, Zeke and Cooper.

  5. When will the Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott do another deal?
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    Stop counting other peoples money

  6. It doesn’t matter how many different articles Florio writes about this… DALLAS WILL EXTEND ZEKE. THERE IS NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Zeke is the offense. Look at Dak’s performance without Zeke out there…..

    If the Cowboys overpay for both Dak and Cooper then they are resigning themselves to mediocrity for at least another 3-4 more years

  8. There O-line can make any running back great, why waste $12 to $15 million on one RB who by position have a very high probability of significant injury or simply rapid decline in skills. Murray was basically one of the best RB in NFL behind that Dallas O-line, once he left he sucked and was quickly out of the league; was he actually good or a product of the line. Offer Zeke $5 million a year fully guaranteed for 2 years with a 3rd year option, or let some stupid owner sign him for $15 million; sure the Jets will need another RB in a year or two when they discover Le’Veon is not that good anymore and he quickly wears out his welcome.

  9. SWFLPC.INC says:
    June 25, 2019 at 11:45 am
    Zeke is the offense. Look at Dak’s performance without Zeke out there…..

    If the Cowboys overpay for both Dak and Cooper then they are resigning themselves to mediocrity for at least another 3-4 more years
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    Well, when your team hasn’t won more than a Wild Card game in over 20 years… Mediocrity is essentially what you’d expect – no?

  10. The fact of the matter is that the Cowboys control Zeke at a reasonable price for the next three years. This year is the fourth year of his rookie contract and he is scheduled to be paid $3.85 million in 2019, they picked up his 5th year option for the 2020 season at a manageable $9.6 million and they can franchise tag him for the 2021 season, which for this year is $11.2 million (note over the last two years the RB franchise tag has moved down from $12.12 million in 2017 to the $11.2 million this year).

    Given that Elliot has played 40 games for Dallas over the last three years and had 1,003 touches (868 rushes and 135 receptions), you can reasonably expect over the next three years he will have another 1,000 touches. The projects out to 2,000 touches over the first six years and he will be 27 years old going into the 2021 season. I think given that amount of wear and tear on his body and his approaching the age drop off cliff, it is very reasonable to think Dallas is considering using and abusing their stud running back for six years and then cutting him loose in FA. That would result in them getting the prime ball carrier years out of a 1st round pick, letting that pick walk as he approaches the normal RB drop off point in their curve, while converting him to a 3rd round comp pick in 2022. I don’t see how that plan wouldn’t at least be a consideration of any NFL teams management.

  11. There should probably be a push by the running backs to change rookie contracts to reflect longevity at the position, during the next CBA. At least for the first rounders. That 5th yr option really doesn’t give them much room to earn before they’re 30.

  12. Max every player. If you do that you can keep this team together for a long time. Just ignore the salary cap. Everybody plays an essential role. Need strong starting lineup on both sides of the ball. Need a few strong backups. Need strong depth. Max everybody out.

  13. Zeke does have options. What makes fans think he absolutely plans to play his entire career in Dallas? He has seen first hand how the Cowboys are ran and quite possibly will try to move to another team for a shot at a ring.It happens.

  14. bobmillion says:
    June 25, 2019 at 11:53 am
    There O-line can make any running back great, why waste $12 to $15 million on one RB who by position have a very high probability of significant injury or simply rapid decline in skills. Murray was basically one of the best RB in NFL behind that Dallas O-line, once he left he sucked and was quickly out of the league; was he actually good or a product of the line. Offer Zeke $5 million a year fully guaranteed for 2 years with a 3rd year option, or let some stupid owner sign him for $15 million; sure the Jets will need another RB in a year or two when they discover Le’Veon is not that good anymore and he quickly wears out his welcome.

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    Then why didn’t that same line make Zeke’s replacements “look great” when Zeke was out?

  15. when will they do a deal? NEVER. We’ve seen this scene with Dallas already with Murray. Make book on it: they give him 400 carries then let him walk. I have no idea who his agent is, but if he doesn’t hold him out, it is malpractice plain and clear,

  16. Zeke will get paid…for sure. There is only back in the NFL as good as Zeke…..Barkley

  17. So Dallas used a top 5 draft pick on a 5-6 year investment…? The idiot Giants did too…and it’s not like these are busts…they’re actually All Pro level players getting the shaft by the team that drafted them…lolol

  18. Quality back. Still only considered above average by PFF. I know PFF is not the almighty source but it also isn’t off by much. I wouldn’t feel pressure.

    That said I wouldn’t feel pressured to give Dak elite dollars. But this is Jerruh’s show. And I am from Dallas.

  19. It would be foolish to rush to extend Elliot given his minor (but suspension threatening) off-field transgressions and given the nature of his position. Look how quickly the Gurley extension went sour. Dallas has the ability to see Elliot play out TWO more seasons – while remaining healthy – before it could then engage him in extension talks with the franchise tag available to encourage an extension rather than hitting the open more. It should wait things out, so it has more information and less time to wait before an extension would kick in.

  20. Wait. Plenty of time for Zeke to get in more off-field trouble before his next contract is due.

  21. DAL Offensive Line has been overrated for years. They are great at run blocking but bad at pass blocking.

    Football Outsiders OL Run Blocking Rankings:
    4th in 2016
    4th in 2017
    8th in 2018

    Football Outsiders OL Pass Blocking Rankings:
    13th in 2016
    15th in 2017
    28th(!) in 2018

    Looks to me like Zeke is benefitting more from the OL than Dak is. Also consider this, until Amari showed up, a washed up Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley were Dak’s WR options in DAL. Cole is a 3rd/4th option in any other offense at best. Dez was a head case and after he was cut notice that no other team even tried to sign him until the season was well underway and on the cheap. And he hasn’t played a down since he was cut. Maybe Dak has been outperforming the talent on that offense?

  22. After Gurley, if Bell doesn’t do really well, you won’t see RB’s making more than $10m anymore.

  23. Jerry still stays up late at night counting his money which keeps rolling in Zeke or no Zeke.

  24. Don’t get the angst. Cooper will make 14 million in 2019, Elliott will make 9 million + in 2020, and Prescott is under contract in 2019. Prescott should be the priority because the 5th year option players will get paid in their 5th year. Prescott wasn’t drafted in the 1st round so he doesn’t get a 5th year option pay day.

  25. Zeke gets drunk at public events and assaults security guards.
    Why would anyone resign or extend him before they had to?

  26. Dallas OLine, Murray, Dez, Miles Austin… The list goes on and on of big time Dallas stars that are average or slightly above. The Dallas fans and media hype them up into superstar status that is undeserved. Dallas fans and media did the same with Dak. he is just average and benefits from playing behind an overall above average OLine. Alot of NFL level QB’s could do more with that Dallas team than Dak ever will.

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