Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott make progress on Monday

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The Cowboys and running back Ezekiel Elliott continue to work toward a deal that would get him on the field by Sunday.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reports that Monday was “more positive” than Sunday, but that issues remain when it comes to the structure of the deal.

The team, per Robinson, doesn’t want to front-load the contract. The 30-percent rule, which dictates structure by preventing major jumps in contract value in any given year, “has been a grind,” Robinson explains.

As a practical matter, the rule requires money to be paid out early or other creative measures to be employed to get Elliott to the Todd Gurley $14.375 million annual average. And, again, the Cowboys don’t want to front-load the deal.

However it plays out, Tuesday seems to be the drop-dead deadline for getting something done. That allows Elliott to get to Dallas for the practices in advance of the first game of the season, and it gives the team the best chance to prepare for his presence in the building and, ideally, against the Giants, on the field.

Despite all the bluster from Jerry and/or Stephen Jones, here’s the reality: Every game they play without Elliott makes the Cowboys more likely to lose, and every loss in September or October can come back to haunt the Cowboys when it’s time to figure out who makes the playoffs, whether those games are played at home, and whether there’s a chance to rest for a week before entering the elimination round. So this deal is likely getting done, and today is the most likely day to do it.

30 responses to “Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott make progress on Monday

  1. The business side of the NFL absolutely sucks. Even as a Cowboys fan, caving seems inevitable but I hate seeing player egos rule even when they are really good. I won’t be cheering for Elliott with the same enthusiasm.

  2. Now that Washington made AP the back up. Jones should trade for a low round pick. That way they can see what’s left in the tank. If things go well with that Dallas O-line. AP could easily put up 1300 yards. It may be his swan song. He always wanted to be a Cowboy. Then is AD is playing well Zeke will come begging for a job with his tail between his legs. If Peterson doesn’t work out then just sign Elliot. You have until week 6 until he has to sit out the year.

  3. It’s amazing how teams have to pay their players more money because some other team made a terrible contract decision. Flacco and Tannenhill’s contracts started the ball rolling for mediocre QB’s getting a lot more money than the return. Unless your a guy that can carry your team like Brady, Rogers, Brees, P.Manning, Marino, most QB’s are not a “Franchise QB”

  4. Jerry is all talk. He’s going to give Elliot what he wants and they will all be back to loving each other. I have never seen a owner talk so much during a holdout. The Chargers owner hasn’t said a word

  5. I love how pro-player PFT makes it sound as if this is easy peasy for Elliott and all the pressure is on the team. News flash: while the team doesn’t want to be missing the player, that would be ONE missing player, no different than happens all the time in a sport filled with injuries. “Next man up”, as the saying goes. For Elliott, every missed game removes 100% of his production and salary, so it affects him a metric ton. The FACT is that BOTH sides want a deal; Dallas has never expressed that it wants anything but to keep Elliott in the fold for years to come, and Elliott doesn’t want to go anywhere, just to get paid. The other fact is that Elliott is the one with very little leverage – if Dallas were more tepid on him, he would be getting the “show up or you’re a tree falling in the woods” treatment that the Chargers are giving Melvin Gordon. The team isn’t being leveraged into paying Elliott…it WANTS to pay Elliott. Both sides have the desire, and neither side is so leveraged as to be weak, and that is why neither has totally given in yet. There will likely be compromise on each side when all is said and done.

  6. Sure would be interesting to know what the majority of the Cowboys players think about Zeke and his holdout. I mean what they really think, not what they say when someone sticks a microphone in their face.

    Oh welcome back Zeke. We were SO afraid of the season without you. Finally, you are here and we are now safe. thankyou, thankyou, thankyou.

  7. vikesfansteve says:
    September 3, 2019 at 7:26 am
    Now that Washington made AP the back up. Jones should trade for a low round pick. That way they can see what’s left in the tank. If things go well with that Dallas O-line. AP could easily put up 1300 yards. It may be his swan song. He always wanted to be a Cowboy. Then is AD is playing well Zeke will come begging for a job with his tail between his legs. If Peterson doesn’t work out then just sign Elliot. You have until week 6 until he has to sit out the year.

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    Talk about a ridiculous idea…

  8. Pay the man! What a joke it’s taken this long. I would be pissed if i was Elliot… Maybe Jerry wants to see what Dak is without his RB… Elliot holding out maybe Jerry’s plan so he don’t have to give Dak an average at best QB the kings ransom. Elliot’s getting paid… Dak on the other hand is not. Elliot holds out missing games per Jerry, Dak struggles. Elliot finally comes back after a few games… Dak gets that time without Elliot used against him at the pay table.. And rightfully so.

  9. 10feethigher says:
    September 3, 2019 at 8:53 am
    Tolesco is laughing at Jones
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    Jerry Jones has a net worth of $6.8 Billion…..I’m sure he cares.

  10. Heres the rub.. More often than not, when one of these holdouts signs this late and is “rushed” out onto the field they USUALLY pull a hamstring or suffer some kind of injury that somehow goes on to turn into afflictions that remain throughout the season. This ironically diminishes the value they were trying to salvage. Of course this completely defeats the whole point of signing him this way!

  11. ditkasanger says:
    September 3, 2019 at 9:19 am
    Heres the rub.. More often than not, when one of these holdouts signs this late and is “rushed” out onto the field they USUALLY pull a hamstring or suffer some kind of injury that somehow goes on to turn into afflictions that remain throughout the season. This ironically diminishes the value they were trying to salvage. Of course this completely defeats the whole point of signing him this way!

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    This is exactly true. The guy will pull a hammy for sure trying to get into real football shape and still miss 3-4 weeks of football.

  12. In all seriousness, after the Cowboys just worked out a deal with Collins, how much money do they realistically have? They have the highest paid OL in the league now, by far. They still have to try to pay Dak and Amari. Just seems like something (or someone) is going to be the odd man out in all of this. And they still have to field a Defense…

  13. “I have never seen a owner talk so much during a holdout. The Chargers owner hasn’t said a word”

    To be fair the Chargers owner literally doesn’t care what happens with the team as long as his big TV deal checks keep coming in. Jerry actually wants to win and cares about what happens on the field.

  14. Sat…making progress, Sun… making progress, Mon…making progress. Enough with this soap opera already!

  15. All the bellyaching from fans over this Zeke situation is funny to me. Loads of players get cut every year. Fans are like oh that’s just business no hard feelings. Shady McCoy gets dumped just a few days before the season. Fans shrug….oh his production fell off and he is over 30 right?

    Zeke holds out for a long term contract that matches his status as one of the best uf not the best running back in the league as every runningback on a rookie deal with leverage should and fans won’t be cheering for him when he returns like one guy said above (yea right)…..
    Zeke is the best offensive player on this Dallas team…he knows it, Jerry knows it, and any fan that knows a little bit about football knows it. This isn’t the same situation as in San Diego where their back maybe the 3rd most important offensive player, isn’t in the same elite level as Zeke, and where they have a Franchise QB in Rivers who can carry the team with inferior talent as he has shown in the past.

    Melvin Gordon’s holdout was ill advised because as good as he is he isn’t great and he isn’t as critical to the team’s success as Zeke.

    The deal will get done. This is one of business side of the league the teams have agreed to live with rather than offer fully gauranteed contracts like every other major sport. What’s annoying is the constant whinning of fans who have followed the NFL long enough to know this is simply business.

  16. Hearing that Elliott and/or his agent were playing games with how slowly they respond to offers/communications as week 1 approaches is what’s finally soured me for good on Elliott.

    If Dallas loses a game, it doesn’t threaten his roster spot or prospects. Same goes for Prescott, Cooper, and a handful of other stars.

    But every game they lose puts the non-stars at risk – both for their future pay and their future prospects of a job on this team or other teams.

    So not only is Elliott wanting to cut in line ahead of Prescott & Cooper for a new contract – and to do it by not showing up to work, while they do the work – but he’s willing to put all his teammates’ future prospects on the line for his own selfish gain.

    If this guy wasn’t such a loser off the field, he’d be swimming in endorsements. But because he’s a schmuck, he has to get everything from the same pie that – again – all the non-stars have to rely on, without a superstar’s capacity for high-dollar endorsements.

    I’m a lifelong Cowboys fan/follower. I don’t like Elliott at all now. Won’t be rooting for him. I’d rather they not make the SB without him than win it all with him. It’s just rewarding someone who is only out for themselves.

  17. 6thsense10 says:
    September 3, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Loads of players get cut every year. Fans are like oh that’s just business no hard feelings. Shady McCoy gets dumped just a few days before the season.

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    McCoy was traded to a much better team with serious Super Bowl prospects, and he didn’t want to play in Buffalo anyway. Maybe not the best example if you’re trying to make a case for how tough superstar RBs have it.

  18. I see both sides but why isn’t the expectation these guys play out their contracts? Instead they hold out?? I would love to see his back-up come in week one and destroy it. Personally I don’t like the guy, but he is a good RB. I know Dallas fans are crazy for him so I hope the salary cap space is worth it when you can’t sign other players.

  19. kevpft says:
    September 3, 2019 at 10:20 am
    6thsense10 says:
    September 3, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Loads of players get cut every year. Fans are like oh that’s just business no hard feelings. Shady McCoy gets dumped just a few days before the season.

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    McCoy was traded to a much better team with serious Super Bowl prospects, and he didn’t want to play in Buffalo anyway. Maybe not the best example if you’re trying to make a case for how tough superstar RBs have it.
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    Maybe learn the difference between a player being CUT and a player being TRADED before trying to rebut someone. Also you do realize McCoy is likely NOT getting his $6.8 million salary he was slated to receive before being CUT. Stop trying to sugar coat this. Buffalo didn’t want to pay him and felt they had the leverage to just cut him. That’s all right. It’s just business. Let’s not pretend just because McCoy made the best of a bad situation means what I wrote is any less true.

  20. Why do Cowboys’ fans keep talking about “making the SB with Elliot”? They haven’t sniffed a SB since the mid 90s and that includes Elliot being on the team recently. With him….without him they will not come near a SB with Jerry as GM and Jerry’s puppet at coach….

  21. Hey Jerry, the bottom line, With Zeke cowboys are fighting Philly for the division, without Zeke they are fighting, Seattle, GB,Chicago, Viking, Panthers Atl for 1 or the two wild cards…Get him into camp now….

  22. bluestarcowboy says:
    September 3, 2019 at 9:19 am

    “I have never seen a owner talk so much during a holdout. The Chargers owner hasn’t said a word”

    harrisonhits2 says:
    September 3, 2019 at 10:02 am

    “To be fair the Chargers owner literally doesn’t care what happens with the team as long as his big TV deal checks keep coming in. Jerry actually wants to win and cares about what happens on the field”

    Jerry wants to be a star and wants be discussed in the press just as much as any of his players that’s why you always here from him. There, cleaned it up for you.

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