Report: Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott situation could go “sideways” fast

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In response to our report that Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has said privately that he intends to not show up for training camp absent a new contract, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports has put some meat on the bone.

In a series of tweets, Robinson reports that Elliott hasn’t made a firm decision to hold out, but that he is “absolutely thinking it through and definitely wants an extension in the works.”

Robinson also believes that, if the Cowboys aren’t “proactive” about a deal, “this could go sideways fast.”

“It hasn’t yet,” Robinson explains. “This will be an important week.”

Although the notion that Elliott hasn’t made a “firm decision” to hold out doesn’t completely and totally mesh with our report, it confirms that something is up, at a time when it had been believed that Elliott would not make a stand. And it’s possible that Elliott is privately telling people he plans to hold out in order to get the Cowboys to take the situation seriously.

The Cowboys have shown little urgency to extend Elliott’s deal, due in part to the fact that he’s under contract for two more years. This has prompted speculation in some circles that they won’t try to extend him, this year or maybe next year.

“Certainly we’ve got a couple years there with Zeke to get that done,” Cowboys COO Stephen Jones told PFT in May. “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.”

Elliott seems to be putting a timetable on it, if not on getting a deal done on making strides toward doing so. And the threat that the drink will have to stir itself seems to be real.

87 responses to “Report: Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott situation could go “sideways” fast

  1. Let him hold out. What’s he going to do for money, go to Vegas & join a security firm? The dude needs to understand – Jerry looks at him like a piece of meat. All his garbage off the field has the Pokes keeping their wallets closed

  2. So now people are going to start holding out with two years remaining on their contracts? I can understand on the last year but when will it end? Someone will sign a four-year deal then want more money and sit out with three years left? Is he underpaid? One could make that argument. However, with two years left I think this sets a bad precedent. I hope the Cowboys don’t cave. I think they could get by without him anyway. There might be a drop in production but not enough to cave in to his demands.

  3. The one thing Leveon Bell achieved was to have top shelf NFL Running Backs move aggressively on their second contracts. Gordon, Elliot, Fourcette, Johnson.

    Bell Cow backs who know that their career may not last through ho him second contract after team friendly rookie deals.

    Bell messed up by thinking the Steelers offer was insulting. After he sat out a big dollar franchise year he signed with jets for essentially what the Steelers offered. Made a mess of his rep in the process.

  4. Be careful what you wish for. A new contract might have big dollars in it but also have big penalties for the kinds of missteps this guy seems to specialize in.

  5. There’s a line to the left and it probably goes Dak, Amari, Jaylon Smith, Byron Jones (big maybe, but Richard loves him), and then Zeke (since the Cowboys control his rights for two more years). 21 is a great RB, but RB’s have a short shelf life. RB’s that end up in the Commissioner’s office every other year for being an overgrown child get ridden into the ground and then hit the FA market. Unfortunately, Zeke doesn’t have much leverage in this situation. A long hold out only guarantees a pulled hammy or another injury, diminishing his value even further. Good luck with all that…

  6. Again, an agent sending a message, and a reporter willing to put it out without naming a source.

  7. Contracts mean so very little in the NFL. Of course Jerry would like to pay everyone the max; hard salary cap issues. Elliott running behind cowboys line could have hall of fame career. Some other teams not so much.

  8. Zeke hasn’t even committed himself to the team. With all his off field antics he’s shown he’s a ME first player. He should try going an offseason before demanding top money.

  9. Zeke isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer,… eh?
    Tell us why Jerrah would give you a $50 million contract extension ?
    You can’t stay out of mischief. Next time it’s going to be another suspension.
    The Cowboys don’t need the distractions and drama.
    You get what you give. On the field is great,… off the field you’re a disaster waiting to happen.

  10. ” He’s the straw, if you will, that stirs our drink.”

    yeah well the straw wants to get paid.

  11. ” He’s the straw, if you will, that stirs our drink”

    He may also become the “Straw” that breaks the camel’s back- bank roll.

  12. Why on earth would the Cowboys think about extending for Elliott right now? He’s proven to be a distraction with his off field issues, and he’s under contract right now.

  13. On one side of the ball, you have Jaylon Smith who is on a rookie contract of $6.5 million. Quietly going about his business on the field and investing off it. Patiently waiting for a new contact.

    On the other side, you have Elliot who is on a rookie contract of $25 million. A guy who can’t stay off of TMZ and is threatening to hold out with two years left on his deal.

    Avoid the headache, NFL teams. Draft more Jaylon’s, less Elliott’s.

  14. Zeke must do what is best for his health an future,if the organization can cut a player as a business decision why can’t the player make that same business decision without being label

  15. Hopefully Dallas gives Dak $35 million per and doesn’t extend the true star for the Boys Zeke. Barkley is the only RB better and as an Eagles phan Zeke is the only 1 we fear in Big D.

  16. If anyone payed attention to Stephen’s interviews on the Cowboys thought process about Running Backs after they let DeMarco go and during the lead up to Drafting Zeke, then you know exactly what Stephen is saying in this quote. Now, it doesn’t help Zeke at all that 2 out of his 3 yrs have involved off the field issues. That being said, even if Zeke wasn’t paying attention, I know his father was… knowing that there was a real chance Zeke would end up with the Cowboys. So from the player aspect of this, especially at his position, make them commit now… before they have a chance to discard you later never having really paid you for your best years.

  17. Smart move 21. What’s the Cowboy’s record without Zeke? He’s definitely got leverage.

    Melvin Gordon? Ah, not so much.

  18. When its too quiet, what does ESPN usually do? They have to conjure up a story on the Dallas Cowboys. So many articles on who Dallas should be paying,while Jadaveon Clowney has has the quietest free agency period for a player of his caliber. Rappaport is known to feast and try to create distractions in the Cowboys organization. Like the infamous Dez Bryant Walmart tape that had nothing to do with nothing.

  19. The problem: Zeke will want to and deserves to be paid like your best offensive player. This has proven to be an ineffective strategy to win.

    But hey, if everyone else thinka paying RBs is bad, maybe it is actually good. No troll..

  20. Certainly we’ve got a couple years there with Zeke to get that done,” Cowboys COO Stephen Jones told PFT in May.

    Sounds like the kind of stupid statement his dad would make.

  21. Dump him. Get what you can. Off field drama..locker room drama. He is just not worth the headaches

  22. I’m sure him and Dak both get deals but there wont be much money on the table for anyone else. They got J. Smith coming up as well.

  23. WHAT CAN GO WRONG, WILL GO WRONG!!!!!
    😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  24. “Robinson also believes that, if the Cowboys aren’t “proactive” about a deal, “this could go sideways fast.” ”

    This is 99% BS by a Yahoo Sports? writer. He absolutely has NO inside information that this situation on the Cowboys with Elliot could “go sideways fast”. In a previous story – “per a league source” – indicating that Elliot has said “privately”. This is the kind of crap that CNN makes up all the time in the MSM.

  25. Zeke should just play the clip of Dak saying there’s enough money for everyone on the team to be the highest paid at their positions and hold out until he get’s it.

  26. If he holds out for two years I think it’s safe to say he’d also do something to get himself suspended in that time. If Dallas doesn’t cave it’s likely the end of his career.

  27. Hes been such a positive role model for children though .. I mean, inbetween touching woman’s boobs .. beating up civilians . ya know. He deserves this money

  28. Gee, I can hardly wait for the NFL and it’s contract negotiations,
    to go the same way as the country is in it’s values. Absolute right,
    wrong, my way or the highway… Fun.

  29. As a Cowboys fan i am a huge fan of Zeke on the field ONLY, off the field this guy is a ticking time bomb, there is ALWAYS something going on with this clown.

    He has 2 years left on his contract, there is no way he should be holding out, the league has to install a rule where you cannot hold out if you are under contract, it’s that simple & if you do hold out then you are fined heavily you don’t get paid one cent until you report back.

  30. Sounds like someone wants an upfront bonus because he is scared of losing paychecks when his next suspension comes

  31. Please Lord, let the Cowboys fudge their franchise up for the next 5 years by letting Zeke walk and signing Dak to a giant contract. Signed: The rest of the NFL.

  32. For context, Stephen and Jerry have said that no contract has priority over another. The Cowboys wouldn’t draft Elliott 4th overall and then not re-sign him. They simply have many other contracts to also contend with. Guys that want max deals (Cooper, Dak, Zeke, Demarcus Lawrence)… these contracts don’t happen over night. That’s what Stephen is saying. Someone either has to agree to a more reasonable deal, or eventually someone won’t get a contract offer. I think the odd men out are La’el Collins, perhaps Malik Collins, and possibly Byron Jones. They’re not the headline making names, but key contributors that the team could lose just to retain the big 3 (Dak, Zeke, Cooper). Cowboys fans hope their very successful draft results continue to bear fruit.

  33. If he does hold out, and holds out past August 6th, without reporting, he can kiss is 4th year of League tenure good-bye …… would just prolong the amount of time it takes to get him to unrestricted free agency. Go ahead, Zeke, trying pushing the Jones family into a corner. Many have tried and failed miserably. It’s hard to put someone into the corner when you’re currently laying on the ropes trying to fight your way out of “knuckle-headed ness.” You may think you hold all the leverage cards, but you don’t. And guess what, you don’t have any visual or audible endorsements to help ease those potential team fines and loss of game checks. Not really a position of strength, but Florio supports you, so go ahead. Dare you.

  34. Possible landing spots for Zeke could be Bills, Bucs or Cheifs. My money is on the Bucs though. IMO

  35. Smart to hold out. They’re a 4 win team without him. This is the last year they’ll be affordable. Get your money while you’ve got the hammer.

  36. Jerry didn’t make all that money because he is stupid. On the other hand, it’s a passing league, Zeke is a distraction at the least, hasn’t been able to control himself, etc. connect the dots

  37. Typical greed with nothing to show but stats, this is the NFL running backs of today. A man who has shown his off field actions is less than positive yet he wants to now hold Dallas as I’ll show them attitude.

  38. whenwilliteverend says:
    July 15, 2019 at 9:22 pm
    So now people are going to start holding out with two years remaining on their contracts? I can understand on the last year but when will it end? Someone will sign a four-year deal then want more money and sit out with three years left? Is he underpaid? One could make that argument. However, with two years left I think this sets a bad precedent. I hope the Cowboys don’t cave. I think they could get by without him anyway. There might be a drop in production but not enough to cave in to his demands.

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    you think they will “get by” without the most productive RB in the show? His suspension in 2017 was the sole reason they missed the playoffs.

  39. whenwilliteverend says:
    July 15, 2019 at 9:22 pm
    So now people are going to start holding out with two years remaining on their contracts? I can understand on the last year but when will it end? Someone will sign a four-year deal then want more money and sit out with three years left? Is he underpaid? One could make that argument. However, with two years left I think this sets a bad precedent. I hope the Cowboys don’t cave. I think they could get by without him anyway. There might be a drop in production but not enough to cave in to his demands.
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    I think there’s no argument if he’s underpaid or not. He’s led the league in both carries and rushing two of his first three seasons. That type of wear and tear doesn’t project for a lengthy career. Better for him to get his money now. He’s earned such.

  40. I wouldn’t extend him this year, let him sit out for a while.
    Next year, if you want him back – sign him. Of all the guys to give money to – Prescott would be the last in my eyes. I don’t buy him being that great.

  41. No direct, verifiable knowledge but making wild assumptions that’s how I interpret this report. How can anyone draw an opnion on this rubbish? I’d be willing to wager that Zeke will be there first day of training camp.

  42. This guy has been ‘Me first’ from the moment he arrived in the NFL. Great running back, but too much peripheral nonsense. If he chooses to sit out, it shouldn’t surprise anyone. Glad he’s not on my team.

  43. tavisteelersfan says:
    July 15, 2019 at 9:25 pm
    The one thing Leveon Bell achieved was to have top shelf NFL Running Backs move aggressively on their second contracts. Gordon, Elliot, Fourcette, Johnson.

    Bell Cow backs who know that their career may not last through ho him second contract after team friendly rookie deals.

    Bell messed up by thinking the Steelers offer was insulting. After he sat out a big dollar franchise year he signed with jets for essentially what the Steelers offered. Made a mess of his rep in the process.
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    Never surprised by steeler fans opinions, uninformed as ever….

    The contract they (Steelers) offered lev and released to the public so fans would turn on him was market value on per year basis but contained no guarantees. Lev won that stand off with the Steelers and it’s not even close. NFL contracts are only about guaranteed money.

    RB’s should be paid a lot more $ and should be paid as early as they prove value – since they take the most punishment. I hope Zeke gets paid or holds out.

    I’ll bet $100 Tavisfan holds the opinion lev bell should be ashamed for turning down the franchise tag -$14m, and considers this a personal insult to him (tavis) and his salary – lol

  44. Everyone needs to relax about this story, if Zeke holds out he will report to camp on August 6th. Otherwise the Cowboys control his rights for an additional year. Zeke sees the non-1st rounders lining up to get their next contract, because that is how the CBA is structured. Dak will get his contract first and sometime this season, otherwise he will have played out his four year contract and become an unrestricted free agent. However, Dak’s rookie contract only pays him $4.8 million over the four years . . . as he wasn’t a 1st round draft pick there is no 5th year option. So Dallas has to sign Dak, whereas Elliot’s rookie contract pays him $24.4 million over the original 4 years and for the fifth year option (which Dallas has already triggered) is will make $9.1 million next year. If he opts to hold out beyond August 6th, then he hinders his ability to force the issue next year, as he won’t accumulate his fourth year of service and won’t be able to hold out next year beyond the August 6th reporting date. So he might be a little late to training camp this year but in the end he has no real leverage . . . he will only hurt himself by holding out beyond August 6th. The Cowboys aren’t going to give him an extension this year . . . he is trying to leap frog later round players who have performed well in order to get his and that isn’t likely.

  45. Looks like Jerry Jones has a chance for an encore performance of the Herschel Walker trade by convincing some team out there they can win the Super Bowl with Ezekiel Ellott. May be Seattle will agree to a trade. They need someone to replace Beast Mold. They have not returned to the SB without the Mold.

  46. Give him a good 5 year deal, then put in the contract that if he is suspended, arrested, or otherwise defames the Cowboys his deal is cut in half. 50% saving in 18 months.

  47. Aha that trading for cooper thing is really starting to backfire. No first round pick and now likely to cost them one of their important players. If they were wise, they’d trade Dakota to recoup that pick, use it to draft a QB that doesn’t have a pea shooter arm and sign the players that helped them win the division but thankfully for us all, they won’t and will return to their 8-8 form. That’ll happen one way or the other because that’s who they are but it’s fun watching them self-implode. Said it before and I’m saying it again, better dust off the VCR if cowboys fans want to see them win a championship any time soon because…DALLAS SUCKS! DALLAS SUCKS! DALLAS SUCKS!

  48. Lets deal with some realities here. Like it or not, even the best running backs are very replaceable. This is why teams usually don’t spend high draft picks on them. The Cowboys have all the real leverage here. Could they find a replacement on the level of Zeke? Of course not. But, could they could find a replacement who’s “good enough” so that that position doesn’t hinder their contention hopes? Yes.

    How would ol’ Jerrah explain this to the fans? You just give the basic and obvious answer that you just can’t extend everyone at once and that the “astute/clever/intelligent” Cowboys fans understand this. That gets most of the fans on your side.

    At the end of the day you know what the most obvious reality in the NFL is? If you’re going to be a star in that game, running back is NOT the position you want to play. You get used up quickly and often before you finally get the chance to make the top dollars. If I was Zeke I’d be sure I’m saving every penny.Teams just aren’t looking to spend a large cap chunk on running backs, no matter how good.

  49. Zeke has a lot of rushes since joining the league and would easily have the most carries if it wasn’t for Roger’s decisions to give him some time-out for his behavior this usually equates to a rapid decline; basically Dallas has been using him with no intention to resign him that is why they have invested so much in their O-line and not in one RB. The Jones’s decision to let Murray walk worked and they were right he soon hit the cliff. They will lead Zeke along this year and with his recent visit to the principle’s office should be enough ammo to not have to sign him this year, then the Jones’s will draft another back next year in the early rounds and then let him walk with some idiot perennial loser team like the Jets/Miami/Detroit/ grossly over paying.

  50. russrpm says:
    July 15, 2019 at 10:01 pm
    Again, an agent sending a message, and a reporter willing to put it out without naming a source.

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    IKR? Its so transparent too. The thing is, the Cowboys brass will note it for what it was and probably just shrug it off. They are not new at the game.

  51. youngnoize says:
    Cowboys fan here. We’ve proved that we couldn’t get by without him.
    ==

    And what did you win WITH him? A division title or two? Big deal. Eight teams do that every year.

  52. I would wait to see if we can sign
    Dak and/or Amari. Any left over cap space give to Zeke this year as a restructured bonus to “chill”.

  53. Here’s the thing. Dallas has a new (rookie) offensive coordinator in Kellen Moore this year. Peter King reported a while back that he’s sort of offensive guru, obsessive-compulsive about studying game film. But he was a quarterbacks coach last year, and as far as I know has never held a position as coordinator. So it’s unknown how the Cowboys offense will look this season.

    Will Moore keep Linehan’s playbook, or will he change schemes? Add new plays, change terminology, what have you. And how will do calling plays? Nobody knows, so this is not the year to hold out of training camp. Seriously, everything could be different. The other running backs who do attend camp will familiarize themselves with the scheme and the coordinator; they’ll get to know him, and he them. If Elliott does not attend, who do you think Moore is going to call on for running plays in pre-season and regular season games–the backs who attended training or the hold out who didn’t?

    This is a make-or-break year for Garrett and his staff. The entire team, in fact. Jerry Jones is tired of not winning. If the Cowboys do not at least advance to the conference championship, which they haven’t done since 1995, there will be wholesale changes at the end of the season. Coaches will be fired. Several players expecting extensions will not get them.

    Jones is putting it all on the coaches and players this year. Do it and do it now. Win or go home.

    I seriously doubt there will be any contract extensions offered until these Cowboys show themselves on the field. Everyone is expendable, and anyone can be replaced. That’s just life in the NFL.

    I’ve been a Cowboys fan since I was baby in 1961. And I have seen it all, the glory years and the grief years. These last two decades, it’s been a lot of grief and embarrassment, and I’m tired of it. I’m guessing Jerry Jones is tired of it too. Call me a pessimistic fan, but I don’t see this team winning more than eight games this season. Then there will be Armageddon.

  54. gawainsghost says:
    July 17, 2019 at 1:23 am

    This is a make-or-break year for Garrett and his staff. The entire team, in fact. Jerry Jones is tired of not winning.
    ==================================

    I feel like we hear this exact thing every single season, yet here we are again…

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