The contractual song and dance between the Dallas Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott are in full swing. According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, the organization has offered the All-Pro a contract that would make him the NFL’s second-highest-paid running back.
Sources: The most recent offer in negotiations between holdout Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys came from the team. Elliott has been offered a contract making him one of the NFL’s 2 highest-paid RB. That would suggest team offering more than LeVeon Bell and less than Todd Gurley.
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) August 22, 2019
This would put him just below Todd Gurley who reset the market in 2018 with his four-year $60 million dollar deal and just ahead of Le’Veon Bell’s four-year $52.5 million dollar deal. Elliott, who is set to make $3.9 million on his current deal is currently back in Cabo to continue his training. He is working hard in order to be in peak shape once all the I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed on a new contract extension.
After last Saturday’s win against the Rams in Hawaii, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones caused waves across the entire NFL landscape when he was asked if rookie Tony Pollard was his best negotiator with Elliott. He responded, jokingly, with “Zeke who?”
However, this did not sit well with Elliott or his agent Rocky Arceneaux, who let the feelings of both men be known. “I didn’t think it was funny and neither did Zeke — we actually thought it was disrespectful,” he said. This past Monday Jones didn’t back off his statement, or joke I should say, with these final remarks:
“I’ve earned the right with Zeke to joke, period. I’ve earned it,” Jones said. “Let me be real clear about it, I’ve earned that right to joke.”
Every move made by either side in this negotiation is calculated. It’s also being reported that Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk could be making plans to head to Cabo to help with Elliott’s conditioning according to Pro Football Talk’s Charean Willams. This may all be a negotiating tactic by Elliott and his agent as it could suggest he’ll be in Mexico for a while. With just over two weeks left before the start of the 2019 season, the Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott continue to negotiate with one another as fans wait patiently, or rather impatiently with every passing day.