Ezekiel Elliott is having the summer I’d like to be having.
He’s working out in Cabo while holding out from Cowboys training camp, looking for a new contract as he heads into his 4th NFL season.
Zeke is due about $3.8 million this year and $9.7 next year, which is the final year of his rookie deal, but he wants to get paid now, just like everybody else on the planet Earth. Problem is, the Cowboys have to take care of Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper first, who both hit free agency before Elliott.
Speaking Thursday, Jerry Jones didn’t seem too concerned about the hold out, but also didn’t seem to prioritize getting a deal done ASAP.
“As far as doing something that would disrupt and shake the base of our plans for how to keep the talent we’ve got here, I’m not about to shake that loose,” Jones said after Thursday’s practice.
Yet Jones said he still believes Elliott will be a Cowboy for a long time.
“When have I ever not done one?” Jones said of an extension.
Jones also acknowledged he does not believe there is a time when a deal has to be put in place, like the start of the regular season.
“I don’t see a point,” Jones said. “I don’t see a point months into the season.”
Read between those lines however you like, but Jerry ain’t budging for NOBODY. This guy bought the Cowboys for ~$140 million back in 1988 and the franchise is now worth almost $5 billion. Jerry is shrewd as shit. He’s not gonna get leveraged by some running back who can’t stay out of trouble. Jones will win this stand off in some way, shape, or form, and if he caves and gives Zeke a ton of money, that only helps the Eagles by marginalizing the Cowboys’ cap in future years when Elliott’s production eventually slows down, as is typical for a modern day NFL ball carrier.