Report: Cowboys offer to make Zeke “one of NFL’s two highest paid RBs”

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Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said in February that the team thought Todd Gurley‘s contract with the Rams was “probably where it starts” in talks with running back Ezekiel Elliott about a new deal.

Jones revised that stance earlier this month. He called Gurley’s deal “within the realm” while adding that he believes Le'Veon Bell‘s contract with the Jets re-set the market. Bell’s deal calls for a lower annual average salary and less guaranteed money than Gurley is set to receive over the life of his deal in L.A.

Ed Werder of ESPN reports that the team’s latest offer to Elliott comes in between those two deals. None of the terms are disclosed in the report, but the offer would reportedly make Elliott one of the top two highest-paid running backs in the league. Presumably anyone who let Werder know about the offer would have stressed that it was for more than Gurley is getting if that was the case.

PFT has reported that Elliott is looking for an average annual salary of $15 million per year, which is more than Gurley is due under the terms of his contract.

If that offer’s been rejected, it may explain the timing of Jones’s decision to share his view that “sometimes our players have to realize that their representatives don’t always have what’s in the best interest” of the players in mind because agents are looking for the biggest deal.

53 responses to “Report: Cowboys offer to make Zeke “one of NFL’s two highest paid RBs”

  1. As always with Jerrah’s Boys – raw talent regardless of the person, and big names over depth.

  2. Zeke is the best. He’s won the title every year he’s played a full season, including last year. Should the best be paid less than the best? Gurley’s deal looks regrettable after learning of his continuing knee issues and his limited playing time that has resulted from that. Zeke has no lingering injury issues. He’s still in the prime of his career. It’s likely the only large contract he’ll ever get. So yes. You tell me what Zeke should get.

  3. We do this every time. Media, fans… we basically say “player was dumb because he turned down $18M a year.” What was the bonus? What was the contract length? What are the guarantees? At this point, we all should know that the annual dollars mean nothing and that the bonuses and guarantees are the most important.

  4. Ha ha! The rest of the NFCE is hoping this is true! Jerry will find his team in cap hell soon enough. The Seahawks and Falcons already killed their teams with ridiculous contracts are have been removed as competition in the NFC. Now go sign Dak to $40M/year!

  5. I’m starting to fear that Jerry is about one more good Pollard pre-season game from dangling this knucklehead’s name in trade talks. Jerry has had his back in SEVERAL unbecoming situations in the three short years he’s been there, and THIS is the loyalty he is shown… I can’t imagine that Jerry isn’t positively livid behind closed doors about this holdout. Having said that, I hope they get a deal done. Go Cowboys.

  6. Without a talent like Zeke, Dak will most likely be exposed as the C+/B- QB he is.
    But Gordon in the AFC is showing the world there’s no demand for high-dollar RBs.
    Zeke is important – to Dallas, therefore he does have notable value, but in a bubble.

  7. Let him reject whatever the offer was…he’ll come running once game checks start getting missed…

  8. And meanwhile the Patriots pay all of their RBs less than what the Cowboys offer to pay Zeke…. And the Patriots have won 6 SBs and appeared in 9 since the last time Jerry’s team even sniffed a SB

    Don’t do it Jerry. Ask yourself, what would BB do?

  9. I think there could be a backroom agreement (not necessarily a new contract) in place between Elliot & Jones. Elloit has proven he’s able to come in cold & be effective so he’s “holding out” to avoid the wear & tear training camp. Jones sees a certain logic in this but gets to throw a little shade now & then Elliots way to save face

  10. Hold on just thought PFT had an article on how the Cowboys are paying guys less because it’s more about the team ????

  11. If the deal sits between Gurley and Bell it’s a good offer and should be accepted, Elliot’s production may be the best of them all but he’s gonna have to accept that he has to take a little bit of a hit for his off field indiscretions because the Cowboys take on huge risk with him getting in trouble again and missing games.

  12. It takes the Patriots 7 years to pay 15 million for a runningback. Zeke should know he isn’t leading anyone anywhere!! Dime a dozen through the decades.

  13. God almighty, fans are so pathetic. WHile guy is making bupkis, but carrying the team, he’s the greatest dude who ever lived. Say anything bad about him, they crucify you. But the minute he wants to get paid as he deserved (particularly based on short shelf life of running backs), and the same fans start screaming bloody murder that he’s a bum, should take less, can be replaced, like they are the ones paying the salary. Nauseating.

  14. How much are the Patriots paying for RB’s? That would be where I’d start. After all, isn’t winning the super bowl supposed to be the goal? I can’t believe that after all these years and six super bowl trophies, nobody seems to be trying to copy the success of the Patriots.

  15. I can’t believe that after all these years and six super bowl trophies, nobody seems to be trying to copy the success of the Patriots.
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    Yeah, should be easy to just find the greatest head coach and greatest quarterback and have them together for about 20 years.

  16. SWFLPC.INC says:
    August 22, 2019 at 2:46 pm
    And meanwhile the Patriots pay all of their RBs less than what the Cowboys offer to pay Zeke…. And the Patriots have won 6 SBs and appeared in 9 since the last time Jerry’s team even sniffed a SB

    Don’t do it Jerry. Ask yourself, what would BB do?
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    Certainly helps when you have the GOAT at QB. That’s a big reason Zeke is far more valuable to Cowboys than any RB is to NE.

  17. I love the move. Please pay your QB and RB a combined annual salary of 30-45 million and use as much of that cap as you can. That way you will have to fill the rest of the roster with garbage and stay irrelevant. I’m all for it.

  18. inozwetrust says:
    August 22, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    SWFLPC.INC says:
    August 22, 2019 at 2:46 pm
    And meanwhile the Patriots pay all of their RBs less than what the Cowboys offer to pay Zeke…. And the Patriots have won 6 SBs and appeared in 9 since the last time Jerry’s team even sniffed a SB

    Don’t do it Jerry. Ask yourself, what would BB do?
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    Certainly helps when you have the GOAT at QB. That’s a big reason Zeke is far more valuable to Cowboys than any RB is to NE. What would BB do? If BB had Dak at QB he would pay Zeke

  19. The devil is in the details of the deal which we know nothing about. At least it sounds like a deal is getting closer and should be attainable. The Cowboys and Zeke need each other.

  20. Here’s what this has taught me – I would be a crappy G.M. I simply can’t handle the idea of a player acting like a complete moron off the field and then holding out 2 years shy of the contract expiring.

    I would just say “Fine, sit out. We’ll hand the ball off to the discount back who is showing up every day.”

    Now, we would probably lose more. That’s why I would be a crappy G.M.

  21. Zeke should play out the season and keep his mouth shut. Show he can be a team player and stay out of trouble then re-address a contract next year… when he his current contract is up. The club option year is the year to push, as it always has been. Sorry Zeke, it’s a business.

  22. Someone else paying too much for something else doesn’t determine what you should pay for something.

    The value of Gurley is what the Rams were willing to pay him. The value of Elliott is what Jones is willing to pay him.

    Elliott’s great on the field, but we’re supposed to ignore his problems off the field, and how they’ve reduced his time on the field, in setting his value? And now he’s not showing up to work and expecting that to create willingness?

    It’s disingenuous to frame his pay as something that should be merit-based while only assessing part of his overall merit as an employee and face of the brand.

  23. To all the people comparing this to the Patriots.

    1. BB is probably the best coach I have seen.
    2. Tom Brady isn’t marching onto the field for Dallas. He will retire and you will see the Patriots return to mediocrity. Not every player has a wife earning 50 plus million per year allowing him to take half the money….

  24. -And meanwhile the Patriots pay all of their RBs less than what the Cowboys offer to pay Zeke…. And the Patriots have won 6 SBs and appeared in 9 since the last time Jerry’s team even sniffed a SB

    Don’t do it Jerry. Ask yourself, what would BB do?-

    Do you think stumbling into the greatest QB in NFL history makes the Patriots decisions easier ?

    If Dallas had Tom Brady at QB I’d agree but they don’t. Jerry is gonna pay Zeke cause he knows their Offense goes through him and Jerry isn’t getting any younger and wants to win now.

    Dark may want his holdout to end more than anybody. If Zeke plays and they’re good he may end up getting $25-$28M a year, with $75M guaranteed. If he doesn’t he may be exposed as a middle of the road QB and the Cowboys will wait to extend.

  25. Zeke is set to make about $24.2M over the next 3 years with only $4M guaranteed. That assumes his current salary, 5th year option next year, and franchise tag the year after.

    He’s hoping to surpass Gurley, who over the first 3 years of his deal will receive $40M with all of that guaranteed (and then some).

    Just to point out the massive gap in motivation between the two parties. Why would the Cowboys rush to pay him? He better hope they freefall without him.

  26. I’ll state this again, Every team has a reason for what they are doing. Do they want to win a championship or be just entertaining? Do you over pay a player for the sake of gaining notoriety in your market? That exactly what I believe the Jets did in signing Bell to his contract. The Jets are looking for a bigger piece of the New York market. After all, they have to keep up with the Giants for the NY fan base. I’m not looking to piss off my cousin, but the Jets are not going to win a championship this year.

    Zeke comment saying Bell’s and Gurley’s contract reset the RB market just shows his greed. It’s all about him gaining more wealth. It’s not about the team, or team goals. If the rumor is true, and the Cowboys have offer him a contract being one of the top 2-3 RB’s in the NFL and he turns it down, you can clearly see Zeke’s greed at work. I’ve lost all respect for Zeke. He just another greedy player.

  27. allsyntax says:
    August 22, 2019 at 2:27 pm
    Zeke is the best. ………….. You tell me what Zeke should get.
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    He should get his act together and stop behaving like a punk….

  28. Great! Now give DAK 35 million. COOPER 20 MILLION, add that with an overpaid DE, that makes 90 million between 4 players…that’s how you get into cap hell with an 8-8 record.

  29. I’d pay Zeke. It was a nice gesture paying Jaylon Smith but Zeke should’ve been top priority from the get go. Jalyon would’ve taken $31 guaranteed after a Zeke deal was done.

  30. Dallas Cowboys will not win super bowl anyway with current coach Jason Garrett. Jerry should not overpay any of Dak, Zeke and Amari. Extend Cooper with reasonable salary and leave Zeke and Dak with current contract. Dak has not proved himself as an elite quarterback yet.

  31. Doesn’t matter if they sign him or not they are never winning a Superbowl with that cheerleader as head coach

  32. He should take the money and if he feels he is only getting %80 Worth then give %80 Worth!!
    You Get what you pay for right Jerrah

  33. The Cowboys are folding like a deck of cards as they should; when you build your team around a player and tell them they’re the hottest since sliced bread it’s only natural that they’d get a big head and demand to be compensated as they’ve been treated/deserve in their minds, maybe due to an undue inflated ego. Irregardless, the cowboys need Zeke more than he needs them and he’s top 2 or 3 for sure

  34. Good on you Zeke! Zeke has more production than any RB in the NFL. The player’s ass’n collective bargaining agreement with the NFL allowed the NFL to disregard paying RB’s a top dollar. And not only that but in reality under the current agreement any team can use a franchise tag that hurts the earning potential of any RB.

    RB’s already have a short shelf life and earning capacity in the NFL. I applaud both Zeke, and Charger RB Melvin Gordon for holding out. Teams are trying to use up RB’s on the cheap like Dallas overused Murray. Murray is now used up, not in the NFL, and sitting at home like the rest of us. That’s not fair to RB’s.

  35. As long as the ‘guaranteed $$’ is contingent upon no legal troubles & suspensions.

    If he gets in trouble and misses games, that voids the guaranteed $.

    Cowboys need to protect the team against possible future bad behavior.

    Those clauses might help keep him out of trouble, thats a good thing for all.

  36. With the success the Steelers had with replacing Bell, and how limited of a self life the running back positions has, it would be foolish to sign a Running back to anything approaching 10 million let alone 15 million per year. Is Zek a good running back? Yes, is he a once in a generation player ? No, therefore trade him.

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