Cowboy owner Jerry Jones may be trying to position himself for the victory, even though Ezekiel Elliott's backlog is in the regular season.
"We have a marathon here," Jones said earlier this week. "We want Zeke when we're in the playoffs. We want Zeke when we are in the dog days of the season. "
Whether they sign Elliott or not, they'll probably sign Zeke in the" Dog Days of the Season. " Elliott risks extending his contract for a full year if he does not arrive in time to reward the fourth year of his five-year rookie deal. After the arbitration of Joey Galloway nearly 20 years ago, a contracted player will receive a credit for the contract year in eight games.
Given the possibility of the Cowboys requesting a custody exemption of up to three weeks and receiving Elliott returns, his best move would be to appear just after the sixth week. In this way he is guaranteed to be available for eight games – from week 10 (a Sunday night contest against the Vikings) to week 17 – even if the cowboys use the maximum cadre exemption.
The Cowboys Understand These Rules and They Surely Assume Elliott Will Be There In Time To Receive A Credit For 2019 And Become By 2020 As The Last Year Of His Contract. When Jones talks about the season being a marathon and he wants Zeke for the "dog days" and the playoffs, he points to a regular break of up to six weeks, an exception to get Zeke into shape and then Elliott on the list to have team for the last two months of the regular season.
Of course it is Elliott who has not hesitated to forfeit a year's credit for the freelance agency, regardless of whether he pays his contract for a full year. If his goal is not to become a free agent, but to get more money from the cowboys, he could skip the entire season, giving up more than $ 3.5 million but preserving his body.
That would not save the cowboys Elliott's influence on the cowboys is based on the withholding of services. And Elliott, who seemed to amaze the cowboys with his training camp remnant, could shock them by not showing up this season's seasons. If the two sides do not make progress in their negotiations soon, it is time to consider the sixth week as a potential point of no return.