We’re less than three weeks away from the start of the regular season, and Ezekiel Elliott’s holdout from the Dallas Cowboys still hasn’t come to an end.
The Cowboys made a big move on Tuesday, signing linebacker Jaylon Smith to a five-year extension. Regardless of all the talk about Elliott and the lucrative deal he desires, the team dealt with the former second-round pick first.
Dallas’ front office hasn’t shied away from taking shots at Elliott over the course of his holdout. In fact, Jerry Jones even cracked a joke about the situation.
Stephen Jones is the latest member of the Cowboys to chime in on the team’s contract negotiations with its trio of stars. He didn’t hold back when talking to the media.
“I have a lot of respect for, you know, most agents,” Jones said on Wednesday. “I really do. I think they’re trying to do their job for these players. But I do think sometimes they don’t have the end game that maybe the players should and we do.”
The “most agents” comment likely refers to agent Rocky Arceneaux, who represents Elliott.
However, Jones did leave the agent’s name anonymous which means it opens up the door for other possibilities. Both Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper are looking for long-term deals as well.
Cowboys VP Stephen Jones: “I have a lot of respect for most agents. I really do. I think they’re trying to do their job for these players. But I do think sometimes, they don’t have the same endgame that maybe the player should and we do.”
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 21, 2019
Either way, it’s pretty evident that Jones isn’t afraid from voicing his opinion.
The Cowboys know that retaining Cooper, Elliott and Prescott is their priority. But the front office has to manage keeping their players without setting the market for each position.
We’ll see if Dallas can reach an agreement with any of its offensive stars before the season opener.