Cowboys superstar Ezekiel Elliott wants to ‘leapfrog’ Todd Gurley’s deal
There has been a lot of drama surrounding Dallas Cowboys superstar running back Ezekiel Elliott this offseason due to the new contract that he is searching for. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that the franchise is prioritizing getting a new deal done for him at this point in time. That has led to Elliott not joining the team on the plane to training camp and a potential holdout is brewing.
According to a report from Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports, Elliott is wanting to leapfrog the deal that the Los Angeles Rams gave to Todd Gurley. That contract was valued at four years and $57.5 million.
On Ezekiel Elliott and the #Cowboys, I'm told the extension Elliott is looking for would exceed Todd Gurley's four-year $57.5 million deal. Which means Dallas could eventually have 3 players (including QB Dak Prescott & WR Amari Cooper) among the top 3 salaries at their position.
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) July 26, 2019
Basically, Elliott wants to be paid like the best running back in football if he can get the job done. Gurley was without question paid handsomely, with many being concerned currently due to his knee problems from 2018. Dallas may not be willing to pay Elliott that kind of money.
Jerry Jones and company also have to try to get long-term deals done with two other offensive stars. Both Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper are looking for new deals.
Things could get very interesting for the Cowboys in the near future. If Elliott is serious about holding out and tries to force their hand, they could be playing with fire. Paying Elliott seems like the smart move, but this price tag is hard to come up with while trying to get other players signed too.
Expect to hear more about Elliott and the Cowboys in the coming days. Hopefully, the franchise will be able to find a resolution to this situation soon.