Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones continues to send not-so-subtle messages to his star running back, Ezekiel Elliott, amidst the contract negotiations.
Elliott, who has two years remaining on his rookie contract, has been holding out in search of a new deal. He wants to get paid like Rams running back Todd Gurley, who received a four-year deal worth $60 million. The Cowboys are reportedly more interested in a deal like the one the Jets gave Le’Veon Bell (four years, $52 million).
So, Elliott has not shown up to training camp, and it’s possible he could sit out regular season games.
During this time, the Cowboys owner has unsurprisingly been raving about the team’s rookie running back (and potential Elliott replacement) in Tony Pollard.
“I don’t know when I’ve seen a rookie come in and grasp his assignments and how to execute them. It’s one thing to understand it in the classroom, but to go out and execute it on a full-speed level is impressive,” Jones said today.
Jerry Jones on rookie RB Tony Pollard: “I don’t know when I’ve seen a rookie come in and grasp his assignments and how to execute them. It’s one thing to understand it in the classroom, but to go out and execute it on a full-speed level is impressive.’’
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) August 14, 2019
That’s quite the statement, considering Elliott was a rookie running back just a couple of years ago.
It’s not surprising, though. Jones is holding firm with his negotiating and will continue to make statements like this.
The question, of course, is will Jerry budge if Elliott holds out into the regular season and the Cowboys start the year with a loss or two?
Emmitt Smith famously held out in search of a new contract and got what he was looking for after Dallas started 0-2. The Cowboys ended up winning the Super Bowl that year, too.