Jerry Jones accepts that Ezekiel Elliott will miss Week One

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The Cowboys are ready for some football. Some football without running back Ezekiel Elliott.

After Thursday’s preseason finale, owner Jerry Jones made it clear that he’s resigned to the fact that Elliott’s holdout will last into the regular season.

I just accept that,” Jones said, via Jori Epstein of USA Today. Jones refuses to accept that Elliott will take a page from the Le'Veon Bell playbook and sit out all of the 2019 season.

“He can’t and won’t miss them all,” Jones said.

Technically, Elliott can miss them all. But if he’s on the roster for fewer than eight regular-season games, he runs the risk of not getting credit for the fourth season of his contract, tolling the deal by a full year and keeping him at two years to free agency as of 2020.

The real question is whether Elliott is angling for free agency or a second contract. If he’s not concerned about becoming eligible for free agency or the franchise tag in 2021 or 2022, he can continue to sit out until the Cowboys give him the deal he wants. And with the Cowboys seemingly certain that he’ll be there for the second half of the season and the playoff run, a holdout that lingers beyond Week Six or so will send a clear message that he’s as unconcerned about getting credit for the contract year as he was earlier this month about getting his fourth year of service toward free agency.

The Cowboys have miscalculated Elliott’s resolve every step of the way. They thought he’d wait until next year to want a new deal. They thought he wouldn’t hold out. Now, they think he’ll show up in time to ensure that 2020 will be the last year of his contract.

At some point, they may need to rethink what they think about Elliott’s plans.

39 responses to “Jerry Jones accepts that Ezekiel Elliott will miss Week One

  1. I wanted a deal done, but now could care less. Move on from him, Dak, and Cooper if they only want to be the highest paid (even if it’s for a day).

  2. Not sure I agree with betting on Elliott’s agent. It doesn’t seem likely that JJ is going to publicly beg Elliott to take $50M+. Elliott can sit out for 3 years, and he’ll still be in a showdown with JJ (all while JJ has plenty of time to find a replacement).

  3. You’ve got to be silly to think that the Cowboys have miscalculated Elliott’s resolve. Sure they didn’t want him to hold out. But to think that they didn’t expect him to is just silly.

  4. Yea if anything I think Zeke and his camp has underestimated the Cowboys.. They don’t have to pay him a dime more than what he’s currently making if they don’t want too.

  5. Get rid of him. He’s a distraction. I wouldn’t want him on my team, as it clearly shows he puts himself well above the team. This does not produce a winning team. The owners in the NFL need to take a strong – VERY strong stand when it comes to players under contract. Especially those with TWO years remaining on their contract. They need to make players understand there will be a very severe penalty for breaking those contractual obligations. As things stand right now, a contract fulfillment is only “optional”.

  6. slimglynn says:
    August 30, 2019 at 4:22 am
    I dont think the Cowboys underestimated his resolve (clown statement)
    Let him sit if a Superbowl run is not important to him.

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    lol .. every owner/team could use the same pitch. I didn’t hear the Rams using that pitch with Gurley and they have actually been to the superbowl this century.

  7. Hope he’s been smarter with his money the last 3 years than his personal conduct. If not, missing those game checks, will certainly change his attitude.

  8. This is why teams should use a running back by committee. If the Cowboys would have drafted David Montgomery, Darrell Henderson or Devin singletary. Zeke wouldn’t have any leverage at all.

  9. “For somebody to say you can only take so much because of the salary cap or you can only do this or that, I don’t know how fair that is to say,” Prescott said. “Because with gambling, with everything going into this league, everything is going to continue to keep going up.

    “It’s important for all these guys to get every bit of their worth. I want to see Zeke [Ezekiel Elliott] the highest paid. I want to see Amari [Cooper] the highest paid. I want to see myself up there.

    “And I don’t think any of that is too far-fetched. Because at the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, a year or two later, you’re not going to be the highest paid. That’s just the way the game goes.”

  10. eagleswin says:

    slimglynn says:
    August 30, 2019 at 4:22 am
    I dont think the Cowboys underestimated his resolve (clown statement)
    Let him sit if a Superbowl run is not important to him.

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    eagleswin says:
    lol .. every owner/team could use the same pitch. I didn’t hear the Rams using that pitch with Gurley and they have actually been to the superbowl this century.
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    ya, Gurley has a bum knee which will probably not improve, how smart was that big contract eh nosey Eagle fan?

  11. I dont think the Cowboys underestimated his resolve (clown statement)
    Let him sit if a Superbowl run is not important to him.

    I’m soooo tired of the Cowboys have a super bowl caliber team every year and then they don’t even sniff it , I mean if they made it to a championship game the year before I could see the need for excitement. But it’s the same old stuff every year … I wouldn’t mind Dallas in a Super Bowl against the Patriots because I’d like to see the dominance of the NFC Beast over the Patsies continue …

  12. Too bad the don’t play Green Baby to start the season they’d win easily. Zeke could miss that and not affect his teammates season.

  13. NO, this is not acceptable Mr. Jones!

    Will McClay has built a Top 5 Defense and one of the at least top 3 Offensive Lines in the league and this is your response?

    We sat back and supported the team and watched Romo and the offense have to score at least 30+ points to even have a chance to win because the defense was historically horrible! You wasted years with horrible FA spending and flashy draft picks! WASTED YEARS!

    Now, this team is young, fast, hunger and the depth is better than ever and this is your response!

    FIGURE IT OUT and get a deal done! There are ways to move the money around!

  14. slimglynn says:
    August 30, 2019 at 4:22 am
    I dont think the Cowboys underestimated his resolve (clown statement)
    Let him sit if a Superbowl run is not important to him.

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    SB run? Please child…..

  15. I’m anything but a Cowboys fan…so it pains me to side with Jerry. These guys seem to forget they signed these contracts.

  16. Let’s see, right now Jerry Jones is making money from the Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott is not. That right there should tell you what you need to know about where the pressure in this situation lies.

  17. Don’t understand all this love for the Jones’. Zeke just trying to get paid before his legs fall off. If he blows out a knee, his shot for a big deal nose dives. If your counter argument is that the Jones’ don’t want to face the same fate as the Rams w/ Gurley consider this…..they are already prepared to pay Zeke just south of what Gurley gets now. What is the big risk if they pay him just north of Gurley? An extra 500k to a million per year over what they ready to pay him now?

  18. “Jerry Jones accepts that Ezekiel Elliott will miss Week One”

    Well, that’s mighty big of you Jerry.

  19. The biggest mistake the Jones’ made was not extending Dak before the Eagles paid Wentz. Had they had more faith in him and acted quicker, they might’ve been able to sign him for significantly less than what they’re gonna have to pay him now. The Wentz contract set the bar. Although many may feel that Wentz is the the better quarterback, Dak and his agent are going to point to the numbers and make a reasonable argument that Dak should be paid more. He hasn’t missed a game or had a losing season. He’s be crazy to settle for anything less than what Wentz is getting. That’s gonna make it real tough for them to satisfy all 3 players. This is a major flaw in how the Cowboys conduct their business. Sometimes you have to take a chance and have enough confidence in a player to extend him “before” he becomes a star. It also helps to have a few high character players who are more concerned with winning and willing to take “team friendly” deals. But as we all know, character has never been a top priority with this team. There’s a reason the Cowboys haven’t won anything in almost a quarter decade. It’s not lack of talent. Hell..one can argue that they have the most talented roster, top to bottom, in the NFL going into this year. Yet, they don’t crack the top 10 in anyone’s power rankings.

  20. It’s a shame that a position that takes so much punishment and catches passes to can’t sniff anywhere near receiver money. You guys just don’t get it. Zeke has to do this just to preserve what’s left in the value of the position.

  21. “But as we all know, character has never been a top priority with this team.”

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    That’s an interesting facet in all this thing with Zeke’s contract holdout. Jerry goes to bat for Zeke every single time Zeke gets in trouble, sometimes to astounding lengths in an effort to protect Zeke and mitigate the severity of his punishment. Now it’s time for Zeke to do the team a solid and are we to think Jerry is surprised Zeke doesn’t honor the implicit deal? Jerry knows this guy has poor character, he’s no fool.

  22. Look at the list of RBs that make more than $8m/yr and tell me how their teams are. You don’t need a high priced RB to win, it’s proven almost every single year. Any teams that pay a RB big money are setting themselves up to lose.

  23. Don’t understand all this love for the Jones’. Zeke just trying to get paid before his legs fall off. If he blows out a knee, his shot for a big deal nose dives. If your counter argument is that the Jones’ don’t want to face the same fate as the Rams w/ Gurley consider this…..they are already prepared to pay Zeke just south of what Gurley gets now. What is the big risk if they pay him just north of Gurley? An extra 500k to a million per year over what they ready to pay him now?
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    I get what you’e saying, but since it IS so close to what Gurley is making… this whole thing seems more like Zeke wanting to not only get paid but also have the title of “highest paid RB”. Kind of ridiculous when you’re talking about THAT much money – if he comes back and then gets injured, he may not ever sniff a payday like that again.

    Just seems like being the second highest paid RB isn’t THAT big of a bummer. LOL

  24. nite2al says:
    August 30, 2019 at 11:38 am
    It’s a shame that a position that takes so much punishment and catches passes to can’t sniff anywhere near receiver money. You guys just don’t get it. Zeke has to do this just to preserve what’s left in the value of the position.
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    People act like Zeke hasn’t gotten paid at all to this point. He made over $20 million in his first 3 seasons!! And if he wasn’t a complete idiot off the field, he could have made at least that much in endorsements. Being a star on a high profile team like the Cowboys comes with tons of endorsements if you can keep your nose clean. Big companies were tripping over each other throwing money at Dak to be their spokesman, but unfortunately Zeke is a knucklehead.

    If he wasn’t always in trouble, or if Jerry didn’t constantly fight for him when he was in trouble, or even if he held out next year, I would be more sympathetic toward Zeke. As it stands, he doesn’t deserve a new contract, and he definitely doesn’t deserve more than Gurley got. Stay off TMZ for one solid year, and lead your team to an NFC Championship game or further, and the Cowboys will be throwing money at you. He hasn’t earned it yet.

  25. Trade him. He’s not worth the massive impact on the salary cap. The Patriots win the Super Bowl every other year with running backs they pick up off the scrap heap.

  26. “seems more like Zeke wanting to not only get paid but also have the title of “highest paid RB”. Kind of ridiculous when you’re talking about THAT much money…”
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    Said it before, say it again. It’s not the money, per se, it’s the respect the money conveys. Respect is the big thing.

  27. Every game Elliott doesn’t play is another game he will regret not playing in when he retires. It’s a dollars and cents game I get it, but I think he’s being quite foolish…

  28. He’s under contract for 2 yrs 13 million. Not saying he isn’t worth more, but even if his career ended after those 2 years he would be set very comfortably for the rest of his life…assuming he does have a brain. Which may be the disconnect here in the first place🤷

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