Jerry Jones: Ezekiel Elliott’s holdout is part of the “ongoingness” of NFL

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Jerry Jones has his own dictionary. The Cowboys owner added to it Saturday night in his pregame interview with 105.3 The Fan.

Jones said he is not bothered by Ezekiel Elliott‘s holdout, calling it part of the “ongoingness” of the NFL.

“You know that it’s a marathon,” Jones said before the Cowboys-49ers game, via Jon Machota of TheAthletic.com. “It’s a long season. It’s a long career. And so that you don’t let a week or a month, you don’t let any of that bother you. It goes on all the time.”

Elliott’s holdout has reached its 16th day with no end in sight.

“If [fans] read the newspaper, they’ll see he’s in Cabo and we’re in San Francisco,” Jones said when asked if there was an update on contract negotiations.

The Cowboys have Elliott under contract for $3.85 million in 2019 and $9.09 million in 2020 under his fifth-year option. They then could use the franchise tag on him.

They repeatedly have said they have made the star running back a “solid” offer, but the Cowboys want to pay Elliott somewhere in the range of what the Jets gave Le'Veon Bell, not what the Rams paid Todd Gurley.

Gurley’s average annual salary is $14.375 million; Bell’s is $13.125 million. Elliott reportedly wants $15 million a season.

So the stalemate continues.

Rookie Tony Pollard started for the Cowboys in the exhibition opener. He had four carries for 16 yards on the opening drive.

36 responses to “Jerry Jones: Ezekiel Elliott’s holdout is part of the “ongoingness” of NFL

  1. Elliot is going to find out you aren’t worth what you’re worth, you’re worth what you can get. RB just isn’t the position to play to bring home the bacon.

  2. Dallas should rescind whatever offer they made and make Zeke play out his current contract. If he plays well, tag his *ss, if he doesnt, dont offer another contract.

    BTW, I’m a huge Buckeyes and Zeke fan. But you can only spend so much money on your RB’s in the NFL. Look at my no-name Bengals RB room. We have Mixon and Gio, but our rookies William’s and Anderson could be just as effective if the Oline and offense is right.

    Dallas, you offered Zeke what he is worth. If he doesnt take it, f it, and pull the offer. If he holds out, whatever, so be it. There are plenty of RB’s in every draft.

  3. Well, this is going to get interesting. Break the bank on a running back when you have others wanting to get paid?

  4. Zeke can’t even go an off season without getting in trouble. He should worry about that first, then money.

  5. amurdora says:
    August 10, 2019 at 9:22 pm
    Elliot is going to find out you aren’t worth what you’re worth, you’re worth what you can get. RB just isn’t the position to play to bring home the bacon.

    I don’t know…at those prices I think I could bring home the whole hog….

    I do find myself curious as to what a Zeke-less Cowboys looks like. Don’t like the tactic but it is what it is. I am no fan of Prescott (and I live in Dallas) but believe the D to be strong. One person rarely makes a team. What do they look like without him?

  6. Too Bad Jerry Jones is the part of the ongoingness for the Cowboys for the past 24 years.
    The Cowboys playoff record is all the proof you need during that period.

  7. When you are Jerry-rich, you do indeed have your own dictionary. Zeke, put down the Corona, cut your hair, and play ball. Window is clsoing, son.

  8. Zeke is doing what is best for him and I applaud that. Fans could careless what happens to these players the other 6 days of the week. Cowboys are worthless without Zeke…an 0-4 start will have everybody rethinking how important Zeke really is to that team. Dak is not that guy and Amari Cooper might return to the form that got him traded in the first place. Dallas probably has one of the top 3 rosters right now…this could be their year if they stop being cheap and pay the best rb in the game right now.

  9. D1442zzx says:
    August 10, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    Too Bad Jerry Jones is the part of the ongoingness for the Cowboys for the past 24 years.
    The Cowboys playoff record is all the proof you need during that period.

    *****

    3 Super Bowl victories, along with 13 post season births. Not too bad in 24 years. I’d take that for my team, as I suspect many others would as well.

  10. If I had the Cowboys’ OL, I wouldn’t be too worried about who my running back was.

    Zeke may be good, but he’s not $15m good, or even $10m
    good.

  11. It would be funny if Dak showed solidarity with Zeke regarding his holdout at some point.

    After all it was Dak who told the world that all 3 of them should be the highest paid at their positions in the league and that the Cowboys had plenty of money to do so.

    Zeke is just following his QBs lead.

  12. Rip up his old one, give him a one year 15 mil contract with a RFA designation and see what he gets offered. Let someone over pay or let reality set in and match a reasonable offer. Just a thought.

    I actually don’t even know if this is possible. So, any experts feel free to weigh in, lol.

  13. The
    RB by committee did NOT look so great in tonight’s game! They averaged 2.8 yds per carry!!!

  14. He’ll be signed. He may miss a game or two the Emmitt did during one season, but if the report is true, they’re only $2M apart. Eventually, a deal will be made.

  15. objectivefbfan says:
    August 10, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    I do find myself curious as to what a Zeke-less Cowboys looks like. Don’t like the tactic but it is what it is. I am no fan of Prescott (and I live in Dallas) but believe the D to be strong. One person rarely makes a team. What do they look like without him?

    ——

    Did you miss that 8-game suspension a few years ago where Dak’s stats suffered significantly in Zeke’s absence?

    As much as RBs (and Zeke in particular in this case) tend to over-value themselves financially, the difference in the team’s offensive production with Zeke vs without is night and day. At what point does the on-field value and production that a player brings to a team no longer keep pace with his financial value?

    If this holdout ends up having a significant effect on Elliott’s season and the team falters and misses the playoffs, Jerry cannot even try to claim that winning is his first priority.

  16. They’re not going to be able to pay all their young talent. Tough decisions loom. Price for drafting well.

    Youve not only gotta pay Zeke, Dak, and Cooper but you’re gonna have to also pay Vander Esch, Jaylon Smith, Awuzie, and Byron Jones eventually. And that’s on top of trying to keep those offensive linemen happy.

  17. Mad Magazine, the most educational magazine I ever read when I was a kid, used to have a cartoon called “The Shadow Knows”. It would show people standing against a wall talking and the captions underneath would show what they said. However, their shadows on the wall would show what they were really thinking.
    I’d love to see what Jones is really thinking about Elliott. I bet it would start out with something like, “You ungrateful so and so……..”

  18. bonerack says: When you are Jerry-rich, you do indeed have your own dictionary.
    ———————
    Collins English Dictionary: “ongoingness” – (British, from late 19th cent), means “the quality or characteristic of being ongoing and continuing.”
    (the more you know!)

  19. Heard an interesting take on this on the radio yesterday. The caller proposed the following idea; the team and Zeke already have a deal in place but being Jerry loves the drama and having his team being at the front of the news cycle, and they aren’t gonna no to play Zeke early in the preseason anyways, that they’ve decided it’s best to have Zeke hang out in Cabo for a while. At first I thought it was ridiculous but the more I think about it the more I wouldn’t put it past Jerry. He loves him some Cowboys drama.

  20. Did Jerry forget what Dak looks like without Zeke? Pay the two time rushing champ and move on! Low ball Amari or Dak…Not the champ champ!

  21. Zeke’s head…is Not wired to miss too many game checks…he will not hold out for a whole season because of too many hogs at the trough.

  22. I was in favor of Zeke holding out to get his money now before camp started. However if what is reported is true, I think Zeke needs to sign the contract that will make him the second highest paid RB behind Gurley but ahead of Bell. Had Zeke not self-sabatoged his image off the field, he could have easily made up the 2.5 million difference between his salary and Gurley’s salary with endorsements as the cowboys star running back. The 2.5 million over the course of a 5 year deal is not worth missing all of camp and certainly not worth missing game checks. After all, Zeke has a tendency to gain weight during the offseason causing him to get off to slow start in the regular season. The point of a hold out is to leverage your value and withhold your availability to get a bigger paycheck. Mission accomplished. Don’t let pride get in the way….even Todd Gurley couldn’t get Todd Gurley’s contract today. Take the money and “run”

  23. Every diva wants to be the highest paid in the league. Any penny less is a sign of Disrespect to these goons. Let them walk, let some other team deal with the headache

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