Ezekiel Elliott is still holding out from Dallas Cowboys training camp, hoping to negotiate a new contract for himself ahead of the 2019 season. Friday morning, former NFL star Greg Jennings of FOX Sports made a prediction for how Zeke’s holdout will end.
Arguing with Rob Parker, Jennings suggested that Elliott will be playing for the Cowboys week one of the regular season – because a deal will get done. He thinks that Jerry Jones has all the motivation in the world to get his star signed.
“Ezekiel Elliott will be present week one with the Dallas Cowboys. All for the reasons you mentioned. Because Jerry Jones has the money. Because he said earlier when has he never gotten a deal done? And then, he understands what is before them. The opportunity that lies in front of them is too great. There is too big of a risk to not have Ezekiel Elliott in the lineup come week one.”
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"Ezekiel Elliott will be present Week 1 with the Dallas Cowboys. The opportunity that lies in front of them is too great. There is too big of a risk to not have Ezekiel Elliott in the lineup come Week 1." — @GregJennings pic.twitter.com/xAYlAftIak
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) August 16, 2019
Elliott has played three seasons in the NFL and when he’s been on the field, he’s been a stud. He’s due to be paid just over $3.8 million this year and pick up a fifth-year team option of nearly $9.1 million next season. Clearly, he believes he’s worth more than that.
Running backs – even elite ones – often have short careers in the NFL. It’s hard to blame Elliott for trying to get his money while he’s still healthy.
It remains to be seen how this will end. There are only three weeks left before the start of the 2019 NFL season.