It was announced on Tuesday that Ezekiel Elliott might be planning to leave the training camp when the team reported July 26. The timing of this news is a bit shocking for me because it has two years left, plus the two additional years the Cowboys could provide as a franchise partner. That would theoretically give the team four years to lose team control.
Elliott is expected to enter his 4th NFL season in 2019. The Cowboys exercised his player option for the 5th year earlier in the off season, which does him more than $ 9 million for the 2020 season.
However, he should make only 2019 3.8 million. In the NFL it is unusual for a player to receive a contract extension with two remaining years for his deal, but the fact that It is planned that Elliott will earn only 3.8 million in 201
Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports said this week will be very important and could decide which way to go.
If Elliott gets the impression that things are going on, he'll call the camp, and that's not a story.
If he does not think so, Robinson says things can go sideways pretty fast. Robinson says Stephen Jones is a "running point" in these talks, which could be bad news for Zeke, although Jones said earlier in the off-season that he was the "straw stirring up our drink."
I think there are two factors that play a role for Elliott and the Cowboys in this situation.
Did Zeke earn a contract extension?
Despite football analysis telling you that setbacks are not an issue, I think he has absolutely deserved to be paid among the highest paid returns in the league. The fact that Elliott has remained so effective despite the defense loading the box because she is not afraid of the passing game appeals to the player he is. Since 2016, no return in football has gained more meters after contact than Elliott.
Does Elliott leverage this situation?
This is the time when this is not true. As I mentioned, Elliott still has two years left for his current deal, so the leverage is minimal. In addition, Elliott must report to the training camp until 6 August, otherwise he will not reach the 4th year. This adds another year in which the cowboys are in control.
Elliott knows that he faces another huge workload this season and wants to secure his future with a long-term contract. I'm sure he knows what the 2014 Cowboys did to Demarco Murray.
Murray crashed 392 times in 2014, leading the NFL by 80 points this season. The cowboys said publicly that they wanted Murray back, but they would only take him back for their price. The cowboys also had a contract with Dez Bryant at the time.
It's no secret that running back in the NFL is currently not as big a priority for the teams in the way they throw the ball. Here are three of the better known and recent contract situations.
Todd Gurley got his contract in the last off-season and was then basically replaced by CJ Anderson in the NFC championship game and Super Bowl.
Side Note: Stephen Jones has said that the word for a Zeke contract is Gurley. Gurley earns $ 14 million a season.
Le've Bell spent an entire season before signing a $ 52.5 million deal with the New York Jets this off-season.
Melvin Gordon of the Los Angeles Chargers said publicly that he would not report to the training camp and act if a deal did not materialize. Gordon is in the final year of his contract.
I have no doubt that the Cowboys do not get where they want to go without 21 in the background.
In my opinion, Elliott would be better off playing out on his career and taking a stand next season if a contract does not materialize. The reason for this is that he gets the accumulated fourth season and gets a lot closer to the free hand, because the cowboys are unlikely to give him a franchise.