Stephen Jones again says Cowboys won’t be market-setters

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Is it possible to express optimism without sounding optimistic? If so, then Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones did just that on his radio show on 105.3 The Fan on Friday.

Although Jones didn’t make it sound as if much progress has been made in negotiations with Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott or Amari Cooper, he hasn’t ruled out getting deals done before the start of the season.

Elliott remains a holdout, working out in Cabo with Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk.

It is unclear when the star running back will report to the team if a deal doesn’t get done by Sept. 8. Both sides are just hoping to have a deal done by then.

“We feel confident things will get done,” Jones said on his radio show. “Things happen real quick, sometime within hours.”

Jones said publicly two weeks ago that the team’s offer to Elliott was in the top-two at his position, topping Le'Veon Bell but behind Todd Gurley as Bell’s deal re-set the market. Nothing has changed since then.

“I don’t think we’re close, because there’s not a lot of activity,” Jones said. “Right now I wouldn’t say that I feel anything’s imminent.”

Gurley’s deal averages $14.4 million per season, while Bell’s annual average is $13.1 million.

Elliott wants to become the highest-paid running back in football.

But Jones reiterated Friday that the Cowboys aren’t going to be market-setters because they can’t afford to be.

“We just can’t go to a place like that,” Jones said on The Fan, via Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News.

So what Jones really is saying is: There is nothing new to see here.

17 responses to “Stephen Jones again says Cowboys won’t be market-setters

  1. Keeping in mind they did reset the market less than 7 months ago when they gave DeMarcus Lawrence a record setting amount of guaranteed money for a non-qb, the Jone’s are absolutely full of crap.

    They got Smith for cheap because of his lengthy injury history and his desperation to get paid.

    Zeke knows he won’t get paid in 2 years and has no injury concerns. Zeke might get the first fully guaranteed RB contract, we’ll see.

  2. Not a Cowboys fan, but if they’re going to eat 2 years of Zeke’s deal he certainly ought to give a little too. That assumes he’s got a brain though.

  3. Jerrah body is breaking down, his face lifts can’t stop the watery eyes and bulging eye balls that signals walking down the steps of death.

  4. Caving to a holdout and reworking a deal for someone that has 2 years left on their current contract will do much more damage. If Zeke’s contract were up, he’d be worth resetting the market

  5. “eagleswin says:
    August 23, 2019 at 4:55 pm
    Keeping in mind they did reset the market less than 7 months ago when they gave DeMarcus Lawrence a record setting amount of guaranteed money for a non-qb, the Jone’s are absolutely full of crap”

    Well, again, that’s just not true. D-Law got less guaranteed than both Donald and Mack, so he is in the top-5 with regards to both avg yearly comp and guaranteed money – I.e. not a market setter.

  6. I just can’t see ‘zeke staying at home and giving up millions over Dallas paying him 45 million instead of 49 million.

    Needing to be the highest paid guy at your position when you are still 2 years away from free agency is 100% pure greed.

  7. I don’t understand the need to “set the market” with these guys. Since when did top 5 money become “team friendly” deal. I think it’s time that players start to realize just how much money they are making. I know careers are short and the job is dangerous, but so is being a cop or fireman. Its not like they are not allowed to work after they stop playing football.

    In the 70’s I had a couple of camps with an NFL team, and my goal was to make that team so I could get that $15,000 league minimum salary(because I had end of the roster talent), which was about twice the amount I made teaching school. These guys don’t know how good they have it. It makes it hard to be sympathetic.

  8. I’m not a big fan of holdouts but Elliott does have a point. He’s probably the best RB in football and would deserve to be paid such. Plus, he doesn’t miss half the games because he’s injured like Gurley or injured/suspended like Bell.

  9. Offer to pay Zeke between $13M and $14M is a good deal. Cowboys have one of the best OL in the NFL. Cowboys are Americas Team. Young team set to make playoff runs for many years to come. Big potential for endorsement money. These are all factors in where you want to work. Intangibles make a lot of difference. It’s NOT all about the money.

  10. They just need to make some kind of compromise where each party can spin it as winning. Maybe the total deal is 2nd all time but the guarantee is a record, or the “new money” is a record AAV and the guarantee is less or something.

  11. Zeke is (or soon will be) in breach of contract – ’nuff said. Let him sit out two years in Cabo stretching his dwindling dollars into pesos. The players need to understand that a contract is a legally binding document.

  12. 2nd highest paid RB 1st in off the field headaches and issues that are distractions to the Cowboys. IF and thata a big IF he has any brains he will sign immediately and best be grateful Jerry offered this deal. Just hope it is loaded with language that curtails his idiotic off field antics.

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