Ezekiel Elliott has privately said that he’s planning a training-camp holdout

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Chargers running back Melvin Gordon isn’t being coy about his intent to hold out until he gets a new deal. Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott apparently is, at least for now.

Per a league source, Elliott has privately said that he will hold out of training camp unless he gets a new contract.

The Cowboys haven’t focused on giving Elliott a new contract, largely because they don’t have to. They have instead focused on players with more immediate paths to free agency, from defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (who has signed) to quarterback Dak Prescott and receiver Amari Cooper (who haven’t).

Prescott and Cooper are due to become free agents next year. Elliott, the fourth overall draft pick in 2016, has two years remaining on his rookie deal, given that first-round selections are subject to a fifth-year option.

If Elliot indeed intends to holdout, he’s smart. He has significant value now, and after the next two years his worth to the franchise could plummet — either due to the wear and tear of playing tailback or a possible shift in offensive philosophy away from the team’s run-to-set-up-the-pass-but-still-run-a-lot strategy.

After former Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray led the league in rushing five years ago (and in turn set a single-season franchise record that still stands), the team let him leave via free agency. Elliott could be facing that same fate, which makes any plan to make a stand extremely sensible.

Due to make a salary of $3.85 million this year and $9.09 million in 2020, Elliott ultimately could looking for at least $10 million per year. Whether the Cowboys blink — and whether Elliott follows through on his plan to hold out — remains to be seen.

47 responses to “Ezekiel Elliott has privately said that he’s planning a training-camp holdout

  1. Elliott, You just got out of the Commissioner’s office without a suspension, how about you ball out this season and get a big contract next season.

  2. Zeke apparently hasn’t heard that Dak said there’s plenty of money to go around to make all of these guys the highest paid player at their positions. No need for zeke to hold out.

  3. After DeMarco Murray went off and became a free agent his career took off (in the wrong direction).

  4. DolFan says:
    July 15, 2019 at 1:42 pm
    You lost me at ” he’s smart”
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    His 32 on the Wonderlic would show otherwise.

    His decision-making/wisdom that’s another story…

  5. Just an opening move, no doubt planted by Elliot’s agent. More to come, from both sides.

  6. Running Backs do need to maximize earnings while they can, especially I’d they are racking up mileage as quickly as Elliott.

    Fewer and fewer teams seem likely to pay top dollar for an aging running back with a lot of miles.

    The smartest move is probably to ask for something reasonable but more than he would have made, and not try for a giant deal.

  7. Zeke holding out.
    KC a hot mess
    Gordon holding out.
    Rodgers a low score on Madden.

    You know who doesn’t have any Drama.

    The patriots. See you in the AFC championship game.

    I would say super bowl, but that would be presumptuous

  8. With as much trouble as this guy has found himself connected to he’d be an idiot to play this card. No one accuses these athletes of being brilliant but if this kid makes this move now then he deserves whatever public backlash comes to him. How could you be that tone deaf?

  9. At some point, this guy will not be worth the headache. Look what they did with DeMarco Murray.

  10. cue up Cowboy fans screaming “he’s got a contract”,”team first”… This fella has NO choice but to holdout. Jerrah is in a win now mindset, and knows he needs Zeke to win it all this year and/or next. Zeke’s only shot of ever getting paid, and not getting Demarco’d, is to hold out. Period.

  11. I doubt there’s much demand for running backs that are constantly doing dumb things off the field and will inevitably be suspended again.

    Jerry should tell him to come back when he can stay off TMZ for 12 months.

  12. I don’t blame Zeke for demanding to be paid like a premire RB. Lets be realistic, RB’s shelf life in the NFL is around 31/2 years.

  13. I’ve been saying this for months. This is the best time for him to get his money. If he doesn’t get it now…he never will! See Lev’eon Bell

  14. Sometimes when I watch football or the news around the league I feel scummy from all the trash I see.

  15. Signing a contract is like giving your word you will live out your contract play to your fullest extent. I’m old fashion. I still believe your word is your bond. It’s a darn shame most people don’t. Everybody seems to be in it for themselves. Loyalty is just another word for I only care about myself. You play out your contract, then negoiate for a new contract.

    How much do these players get paid a year? I tried to figure it out how much I made. I made about $2,000,000 my entire working life. That’s chump change to these athletes. They make more a year than I made in my lifetime, but they all need a raise!

  16. DonRSD says:

    July 15, 2019 at 2:08 pm
    This dope is a product of his OL. Saquan is so much better.

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    A product of his OL? He is a dope but he is a superstar at the RB position.

  17. Zeke’s and Melvin’s agents are telling them to get new contracts now because if Le’Veon sucks (guessing there is a high probability with the Jets) and Gurley’s knee hitting that RB cliff there chances of getting anything more than around $5 million a year become slimmer and slimmer.

  18. Foolish.. let him sit out and some rookie light it up behind that OL.
    He isnt even a top 5 RB anymore.

  19. alongthegulf says:

    July 15, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Signing a contract is like giving your word you will live out your contract play to your fullest extent. I’m old fashion. I still believe your word is your bond. It’s a darn shame most people don’t. Everybody seems to be in it for themselves. Loyalty is just another word for I only care about myself. You play out your contract, then negoiate for a new contract.

    How much do these players get paid a year? I tried to figure it out how much I made. I made about $2,000,000 my entire working life. That’s chump change to these athletes. They make more a year than I made in my lifetime, but they all need a raise!
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    he issue with this thinking is that NFL contracts are not fully guaranteed. So a team can walk away also.

  20. Classy to do this just before training camp instead of before the draft
    At least with Bell, his contract was up
    Well unlike Gordon he at least has the chance to change his mind

  21. You got to love this guys ability to continue to look clueless of the reality of being a entertainer, here today gone tomorrow

  22. I agree with his decision. Even with the trouble he seems to get in which is not very bright at the position he plays he has to work the new contract now. Dallas just traded big time for Amari and have to think the next few seasons are a strong window for the NFC East as the NYG most likely in a rebuild and WAS may not be ready to compete. DAL really can not afford to lose Zeke for an extended period of time early in the season to a hold out. He’s hands down a top 3-5 RB in the league. Obviously he is a knucklehead getting in trouble so use that to your advantage to get a deal a little lower than he would want also make sure to put language that would make him void his contract with another stupid arrest/suspension. If he played a different position I wouldn’t be so agreeable to what he is doing but RB are screwed in the NFL these days and truly never get fair market value compared to other positions of need

  23. Yes, smart! What’s the Cowboy’s record without Zeke? Levrage!!
    Melvin Gordon? Ah, not so much.

  24. Never want to negotiate with someone who is holding a gun to your head…

    How this is handled will tell us a great deal about the future management of the Cowboys with Stephen at the helm while Jerruh has another adult beverage!

  25. RB rookie contracts really ought to be on a different time length. If you take a four-year college player at age 22 in the first round, he’s bound through age 27 on a rookie deal and through age 29 on the double tag. The guy’s career is effectively over without a chance for free agency.

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