Cowboys didn’t cave in 1993 with Emmitt Smith

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There’s a common misconception, one that I’ve perpetuated a time or two, that the Cowboys are likely to cave in the Ezekiel Elliott holdout because they caved in the 1993 Emmitt Smith holdout. As PFT’s Charean Williams explained last week on PFT Live and mentioned in a Wednesday item on the Elliott holdout, the Cowboys didn’t cave on Emmitt.

It was Emmitt who abandoned his demand for quarterback money after two regular-season games in 1993, accepting an offer that made him the highest-paid running back in football.

The Cowboys played the first two games of the 1993 season without Emmitt Smith, going 0-2. But they never backed down. Instead, Smith agreed to the deal that made him the highest-paid running back in football at the time but didn’t pay him the quarterback money he wanted.

This time around, of course, the running back who is holding out isn’t looking for quarterback money. He wants to be the highest-paid running back in football. But the Cowboys are trying to base his deal on the contract given by the Jets to Le'Veon Bell, even though they previously acknowledged that the more lucrative contract given last year by the Rams to running back Todd Gurley is the starting point for Zeke’s deal.

So will the Cowboys cave this time? Or will Zeke take the team’s best offer? Ultimately, Elliott could miss six regular-season games, report for the balance of the season, and get credit for the contract year.

7 responses to “Cowboys didn’t cave in 1993 with Emmitt Smith

  1. For running backs, they need to go after all the guaranteed money they can get since their careers are shorter. So, hopefully Elliott have the guaranteed money, but lesser base salary.

  2. Zeke, I support you!! Get that bag and wait it out!! Jerry makes billions, he can afford it and needs you! Them boys are nothing without you

  3. It’s all about HOW the deal is structured. They have leverage. Zeke has 2 years left on his deal. If he sits out this year, he’d have to do next year as well, otherwise why do it at all.

    Can’t see that happening. Deadlines make deals for my team.

  4. ripdipbob says:
    August 15, 2019 at 8:52 pm
    Zeke, I support you!! Get that bag and wait it out!! Jerry makes billions, he can afford it and needs you! Them boys are nothing without you
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    It amazes me how many people have never heard of the salary cap…

  5. Good Lord, it’s negotiating. They gave him a significant raise while he was under contract and not practicing or in camp. The Cowboys caved.

  6. Unfortunately you can’t blame Jerry. If he could he would pay all his players like he did before the salary cap came in. Now you have to find away to pay players and work the cap. Dallas has way to many young players that are on expiring contracts and they all want top money.

  7. ripdipbob says:

    Zeke, I support you!! Get that bag and wait it out!! Jerry makes billions, he can afford it and needs you! Them boys are nothing without you
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    have you been living under a rock for the last 25 years, there is something called a “salary cap” that the league imposed in 1994, meaning that they only have up to a certain amount of money they can pay to their players….SMH!

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