Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott not expected to be extended this offseason or the next
Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott may not be receiving a contract extension for quite some time.
According to Dan Graziano of ESPN:
“I do not think Elliott gets an extension this offseason, or even next offseason. As vital a player as he is, the Cowboys don’t feel the same urgency with this deal that they do with Prescott, Cooper or even cornerback Byron Jones. They’ve picked up the 2020 option on Elliott for $9.099 million, and because running back numbers always stay low relative to other positions, they feel good about their ability to use the franchise tag on him in 2021 if need be. They have sensible cost control over Elliott for at least three years. At his current pace, three years equates to about 1,000 touches. Would you be in a hurry to extend a running back — one of the most physically vulnerable positions in the league — if you knew you had another 1,000 touches coming at a reasonable price?”
Elliott has been a force since coming into the league in 2016, totaling 4,048 rushing yards, 1,199 receiving yards, and 28 touchdowns. But, Dallas has plenty of other contracts to work out, including quarterback Dak Prescott and defensive back Byron Jones.
By the time Elliott is up for a contract extension in Dallas’ eyes, Elliott might want to go elsewhere if he feels he has been put to the side.