Ezekiel Elliott has two years remaining on his rookie contract, but is reportedly considering a training camp holdout to lobby for a new deal. Colin Cowherd suggested an interesting way for the Cowboys to handle this possible scenario.
The Cowboys will have some decisions to make in the near future about which players to allocate long-term contracts to. Elliott is one of them, as is quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper.
On his show on FS1 today, Cowherd pitched the idea of Dallas trading Elliott to eliminate a potential distraction and avoid paying big money to a running back.
"Ezekiel Elliott’s got 2 years left on his contract and he’s putting you through this nonsense? Trade him. I would trade Zeke.”@ColinCowherd reacts to Zeke planning on a training-camp holdout pic.twitter.com/6CX8VMBI59
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 16, 2019
Now, this is a bold take from Cowherd and we’re certainly not expecting Dallas to actually move Elliott. He’s too valuable to what they are trying to do right now.
Cowherd is correct that the prevailing wisdom in the NFL is to not spend a fortune on running backs. They wear down quickly and are largely interchangeable.
However, Dallas’ offense is tailor-made to Elliott, and relies on his strengths. The Cowboys want to run the ball early and often, and need a workhorse-caliber back to make that approach possible.
It remains to be seen what Dallas will do in the event Zeke does hold out, but we don’t expect them to actually move him.