Jerry Jones: We want Zeke fresh for the playoffs

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Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones hinted that he won’t be too upset about it if running back Ezekiel Elliott continues his holdout into the start of the regular season.

Jones said this morning on 105.3 The Fan that he wants Elliott to be fresh late in the season.

“We’ve got a marathon here. We want Zeke when we get to the playoffs,” Jones said. “We want Zeke when we’re in the dog days of the season.”

Jones said there is nothing new to report on the negotiations with Elliott, who is holding out in search of a new contract. And he indicated that starting the season without any given player is something the Cowboys think they can withstand.

“We may very well play without a player that’s not coming in on his contract,” Jones said.

Elliott is set to make $3.85 million in base salary this season and would lose $227,000 a week if he holds out into the regular season. Jones may figure that Elliott would change his mind about his holdout if he started losing nearly a quarter of a million dollars a week, and that Elliott will be there in plenty of time for the Cowboys to have him during the home stretch.

76 responses to “Jerry Jones: We want Zeke fresh for the playoffs

  1. Atta boy Jerry! Make a comment like Jimmy used to. Cause we WILL be in the playoffs! DEEP in the playoffs!

  2. Ah Jerrah, you’re a genius. All part of the strategy. Playing chess while everyone else is playing checkers.

  3. I would have to give up cable TV if I were losing 227,000 a week. Maybe some other things too.

  4. There are no playoffs if Zeke isn’t there for most of the season. Jerry talks too much

  5. I’m sure Elliot will be in tip-top shape so when he gets back he won’t pull a hammy or have another injury associated with NOT being in football shape. His season is over and it has’nt even started yet.

  6. That’s some bold thinking right there. One extra loss can mean the difference in a season if its the one that affects home field advantage. They have an easy first 3 games on paper but it wouldnt be impossible for them to drop a close one that they likely would have won with zeke and wind up 2-1 instead of 3-0.

  7. Jerry folds like a cheap suit and gives a record setting contract to Lawrence months ago but refuses to do the same for his team’s best player?

    Luckily the Cowboys play 3 of the worst teams in the league at the start of the season so Jerry has some breathing room but even he knows, no Zeke, no playoffs.

    This has been a whole lot more interesting than i thought it would be.

  8. He will be ready for the playoffs when you pay him 17 APY over 5 years.

    That or maybe the 2021 Playoffs when you call his bluff.

    But you still need to pat Dak 40 APY over 5 years and make him the highest paid QB

    I like the rest of the NFC East Odds of beating you the next 5 years.

  9. He is assuming that his team will win enough games without Ziggy to even get into the playoffs. he is taking the playoffs for granted. He probably did not remember missing the playoffs in 2017, when Ziggy was suspended for a few games by the league and Dallas missed the playoffs with a 9-7 record.

  10. god jerry SHUT UP.

    you know why you haven’t won in 20+ years?! Your ego got in the way. Sure, Barry Switzer won a title, but even Marc Trestman or Hue Jackson. well, maybe not hue, but most coaches would’ve won with that roster.

    Eventually, players with brains will say the hell with this guy and leave. Your brand makes enough money to save your stupidity, otherwise you would be nothing more than an a rich guy.

  11. Zeke would be smart to sit out —the money at risk due to injury is greater than $227000 per week. Jerry is assuming that they do not need Zeke’s weekly contributions in order to make the playoffs this year. Atlanta/Carolina/Rams/Saints/Bears/Vikings/Green Bay/Dallas/and maybe a surprise team– 4 teams will win the division and 2 will be wild cards. Jerry might want to think again.

  12. Jerry wants elliot fresh for the playoffs that’s great. I find that statement at odds with wanting an 18 game regular season.

  13. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    August 28, 2019 at 10:14 am
    I’m sure Elliot will be in tip-top shape so when he gets back he won’t pull a hammy or have another injury associated with NOT being in football shape. His season is over and it has’nt even started yet.
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    Do you know what football shape means? You also know that pulling hammies has more to do with hydration, right?

  14. Easy first 3 huh , we will see about that … come talk to me after week 2. – Case Keenum

  15. The Cowboys of today are different than the Romo Cowboys.They still have the powerful offensive line, but they’re also very youthful (one of, if not still the youngest team in the league), and they have an emerging defense. Tony Pollard, like DeMarco Murray and Zeke, has shown the limited skill necessary to run through the gateways created by that offensive line. The difference also, is that Pollard has had a full offseason of expectation to start. Unlike scenarios where Zeke is suddenly hurt, and the team is caught with their pants down. This is why it will be different. In fact, at this point, I’d be cautious playing Zeke week one even if he came back today. He’s missed training camp, and theres no real way to know what condition he’s actually in. Combine with the fact that the Cowboys have a new offense, he will not be up to speed in time for week 1. But Jerry is right. They need him most down the stretch, which is when he’s most likely to show up as well, least he forfeit a credit year of eligibility. Unlike Pittsburgh with Bell, Zeke is not a pending free agent, and setting out a full year does him zero benefit.

  16. Jerry and Stephen want to be the Patriots, but don’t realize that Kraft not sticking his head in front of a microphone every other day is part of the reason the Patriots are the Patriots.

  17. So they’re already willing to make Elliott the 2nd-highest-paid RB in the NFL with 2 years still left on his contract, with multiple off-field trouble incidents each offseason that have already cost him playing time…

    ..and he can’t even bother to show up for work?

    Not feeling sorry for this guy at all. He has about a 100% chance of getting a great contract next year even if he just plays out this year of his contract with no changes. Despite being trouble off the field, and despite pretty much the whole league and fanbase knowing that Gurley-sized contracts are dumb to offer RBs, they’re offering him a great contract right now.

    And some people have the nerve to paint this guy as a victim.

  18. voddyt says:
    August 28, 2019 at 10:07 am

    A bit presumptuous? This is Exhibit A why the Cowboys are failing to recreate the Patriots success.
    ____________________________________________

    Patriot success? Get lucky to have QB accept minimal pay every year? Cut great players before their big payout? Pay current players crappy salaries, while your QB already saves you money?
    Would you what to be employed by a company with these types of business practices and dispassionate culture?
    It’s what we, as Americans complain about everyday with our employers. But it’s okay for the Pattiots to do it as long as they win SBs?
    Well, you can keep the Pats and their shady, unforgiving, unrelenting and selfish moves.

  19. It almost seems like he’s trying to get Elliott to hold out longer by making asinine statements like this one !

  20. Let him sit out.
    If the team offers him a big contract and that’s not enough then let him sit.

  21. nite2al says:
    August 28, 2019 at 11:00 am
    voddyt says:
    August 28, 2019 at 10:07 am
    A bit presumptuous? This is Exhibit A why the Cowboys are failing to recreate the Patriots success.
    ____________________________________________
    Patriot success? Get lucky to have QB accept minimal pay every year? Cut great players before their big payout? Pay current players crappy salaries, while your QB already saves you money?
    Would you what to be employed by a company with these types of business practices and dispassionate culture?
    It’s what we, as Americans complain about everyday with our employers. But it’s okay for the Pattiots to do it as long as they win SBs?
    Well, you can keep the Pats and their shady, unforgiving, unrelenting and selfish moves.
    ———————————————————————————–

    Wrong about so many things but it’s similar to trying to rationally discuss religion or politics with extremists: it’s impossible b/c you’re blinded by your beliefs, and in this case, your hatred. So good luck to your team, and I hope the ranting helps you get through another season of watching the Pats make another Super Bowl run.

  22. nite2al says:
    August 28, 2019 at 11:00 am
    voddyt says:
    August 28, 2019 at 10:07 am

    A bit presumptuous? This is Exhibit A why the Cowboys are failing to recreate the Patriots success.
    ____________________________________________

    Patriot success? Get lucky to have QB accept minimal pay every year? Cut great players before their big payout? Pay current players crappy salaries, while your QB already saves you money?
    Would you what to be employed by a company with these types of business practices and dispassionate culture?
    It’s what we, as Americans complain about everyday with our employers. But it’s okay for the Pattiots to do it as long as they win SBs?
    Well, you can keep the Pats and their shady, unforgiving, unrelenting and selfish moves.

    —————–

    Let’s pay everyone 30 million, get rid of the preseason and padded practices and then we can sit in a circle and sing kumbaya and hopefully we can still make the Super Bowl.

  23. nite2al says:
    August 28, 2019 at 11:00 am
    voddyt says:
    August 28, 2019 at 10:07 am

    A bit presumptuous? This is Exhibit A why the Cowboys are failing to recreate the Patriots success.
    ____________________________________________

    Patriot success? Get lucky to have QB accept minimal pay every year? Cut great players before their big payout? Pay current players crappy salaries, while your QB already saves you money?
    Would you what to be employed by a company with these types of business practices and dispassionate culture?
    It’s what we, as Americans complain about everyday with our employers. But it’s okay for the Pattiots to do it as long as they win SBs?
    Well, you can keep the Pats and their shady, unforgiving, unrelenting and selfish moves.
    ——————-

    Thank you for making my day today.

    Sweet salty tears

  24. Jerry is just looking at the schedule…first three games – giants, skins & fish. why worry now? and save some $$

  25. Jerry all the sudden thinks beating the Seahawks vanilla ball in the wildcard round a stepping stone towards bigger things. I predict they don’t even make it to January.

  26. >>>Would you what to be employed by a company with these types of business practices and dispassionate culture?
    It’s what we, as Americans complain about everyday with our employers. But it’s okay for the Pattiots to do it as long as they win SBs?
    Well, you can keep the Pats and their shady, unforgiving, unrelenting and selfish moves.<<<

    You do realize there's a cap. From what I can tell from afar and from what I read it seems the philosophy of the Pats over the years is to build a strong and deep roster, one that appears to overcome injuries to starters better than most teams.

    I don't know where the Pats stand on cap money but there are probably teams that spend less money toward it then they do. They might be in the middle of the pack but I could be wrong. But the point is they don't tie up all their money on 22 starters. You will never see players on that team, certainly not 3 or 4 of them at the top of the salary chart at their positions. Might not even be one of them. It seems to have served them well the way they build teams. And I'm also assuming those players that you claim to have taken less or being paid less signed those contracts willingly or they'd have holdout every year like Elliott. But that doesn't seem to happen up there.

  27. Bob. Just Bob. says:
    August 28, 2019 at 10:10 am
    Ah Jerrah, you’re a genius. All part of the strategy. Playing chess while everyone else is playing checkers.
    ——————————–

    You got it backwards , Jones is playing checkers while everyone else is playing
    chess .

  28. Offense has looked good so far but the defense looks outstanding and special teams are not far behind. If you don’t think this team has an opportunity at the playoffs, then I have to question your football knowledge.

  29. The cowboys have been very smart the last 3-5 years with contracts. They have been even better in the player personal department (Draft). This is another look at where they are looking strong. Managing a situation like this the way they have has been good to see. For years all we did was watch them throw money at old players for what they did in the past and not look towards the future. I think if we can start looking at the trade market a little more and start creating future draft picks with some of the surplus of talent we have then this team will be rolling for a while. Replace Garret and you have a winner

  30. Cowboys losing tot he Giants week 1. Book it. They the screams will get a lot louder and Jerrah will slip into Panic mode and overpay for Zeke…

  31. already looking to the playoffs and it’s not even week 4 of the preseason. this always turns out badly for teams that look too far out. have fun, cowboys.

  32. So, you assume that’s a good negotiating ploy by letting Zeke know that he’s most important for playoff time? I’m sure that will make him want to give in more quickly knowing that Jerry can afford to lose him for weeks 1-12, but not for the playoffs.

  33. packers291 says:
    August 28, 2019 at 11:52 am
    Don’t forget how easily they replaced Demarco Murray’s productivity. Zeke is no different.

    ==============

    The only tricky thing there is that with Murray, they had one of the best QBs in the league and very settled high-level talent at other offensive skill positions.

    But right now, there’s a QB that no one’s really sure how good he is and a WR with one partial season of great work both in line for new contracts, and question marks everywhere else on the offense except the OL.

    I think you’re basically right, but Elliott’s agent is using the above ambiguity to create doubt.

  34. Is funny how everyone is stuck on this 8-8 Cowboys joke.

    Dak hasnt missed a game since he has come into the league. He has the second most wins in that time frame. So if I’m doing the math right the other 30 teams in the league have to avg 7 wins or less in the timeframe for this joke to be relevant.

    The team they have right now is the best they’ve had in awhile. Maybe give it a couple years then bring it back.

  35. I think Zeke (or more likely his agent) has calculated that holding out this season is the only thing that financially makes sense. His salary for the 4th year of his rookie contract is $3.8 million or the $227K per game, but next season isn’t a rookie contact year it is the team option all first round picks are subject to. Elliott’s pay for next season is slotted at $9.1 million or $570K per game, or 2.5 times the value of this season’s game check. So the most important date for Elliot at this point is reporting before week 10, that way he will perform under his 4th contract year and can play out next season at a reasonable $9.1 million and if everything goes right he would then be able to cash in on the Free Agent market. If Jones is looking down the barrel of the first 9 games without Elliot . . . well I think the dynamic shifts considerably versus the soft 3 week open Dallas has. Here is their 9 week schedule:

    v Giants
    @ Redskins
    v Dolphins
    @ Saints
    v Packers
    @ Jets
    v Eagles
    Bye
    @ Giants
    @ Vikings

    I can easily see the Cowboys (minus Elliott) at a 6-4, 5-5 or 4-6 record with that 10 week schedule . . . at that point it isn’t likely the Cowboys run the table with or without Elliot and the chance of making the playoffs goes down considerably. I think Elliot’s plan, whether one agrees with it or not, is to sit out until either 1)The Cowboys up their offer to exceed Gurley’s contract for 4 years/$60 million with $45 million guaranteed or wait out the Cowboys until week 10, play the last 6 games play next season and then hit Free Agency.

  36. eagleswin says:
    August 28, 2019 at 10:17 am
    Jerry folds like a cheap suit and gives a record setting contract to Lawrence months ago but refuses to do the same for his team’s best player?
    ————
    Lawrence didn’t have a contract, Elliott is on the books for two more years.

  37. This team is insanely talented, especially on defense. Could they go a whole season without Zeke? Probably not, but a few games? Absolutely. And once you start getting into a month or more of the season the money your losing on the holdout is worth more than what you held out for in the first place. Bottom lime. Zeke will be back before it really matters.

  38. Would you what to be employed by a company with these types of business practices and dispassionate culture?
    It’s what we, as Americans complain about everyday with our employers. But it’s okay for the Pattiots to do it as long as they win SBs?
    Well, you can keep the Pats and their shady, unforgiving, unrelenting and selfish moves.

    ***********************

    So you’re mad that the Pats have figured out how to turn the NFL into a business, which they have a model/plan for and which doesn’t include the fanboy fantasies of paying everyone $30m/year? They’ve actually proven that you don’t need the highest paid player at any position to be competitive and win yet the other teams keep throwing money at players with the hopes that they’ll be the piece that puts them over the top and it usually doesn’t work out.

    So, which would you rather have? A star (and $$ filled) team that doesn’t win or a team of middling talent that’s deep and affordable that wins? I know which one I’d want (full disclosure, I no long do fantasy football and could care less if a player on my team has huge stats, as long as the team is winning)

  39. @Gronknation

    NFC Weak?!

    AFC South is a joke.
    AFC East is a joke minus Pats
    AFC North Great
    AFC West Good
    __________________

    NFC South Great
    NFC West Great,
    NFC East Joke
    NFC North Great

  40. He just needs to 8 games a season to qualify as a contract season. He will be back on week 9.

  41. I like that RB’s are asserting themselves. Bell holding out was huge. I think Zeke should hold out till week 9. Fuggit. The Cowboys have a recent history of riding RB’s like they stole them (Murray, Zeke)….. the CBA needs adjusted to accommodate the reality that RB’s have short careers and if you lock them up for 5 YEARSon their rookie deal…. it just ain’t fair.

  42. Zeke take the deal. The Cowboys are not giving in. The Cowboy discount is real as far as endorsements and no state taxes in Texas. Also if you stay loyal to Jerry you could have a job for life. Just like Nate Newton.

  43. Why is it such a stretch that the Cowboys will be in the playoffs? They’ve made the playoffs two of the last three years and have had 4 winning seasons in 5 years including the last three. People hate just to hate and that reveals their stupidity.

  44. californianewton says:
    August 28, 2019 at 10:28 am
    He is assuming that his team will win enough games without Ziggy to even get into the playoffs. he is taking the playoffs for granted. He probably did not remember missing the playoffs in 2017, when Ziggy was suspended for a few games by the league and Dallas missed the playoffs with a 9-7 record.
    —————-

    They were 3-3 while he was suspended…. the losses coincide Smith being injured far greater than when Zeke was suspended. Dak was running for his life. When Smith returned and Zeke was out they averaged almost 30 PPG.

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