SCOOP: Cowboys new offer to Ezekiel Elliott, sources say, approaches Gurley deal - with a catch

MikeFisher

FRISCO - Holdout running back Ezekiel Elliott is in receipt of a new contract extension offer from the Dallas Cowboys that a source close to the negotiations tells us would put his new annual salary “close to the Todd Gurley range.”

I first reported this story on Tuesday morning along with Jonathon Shipman on 105.3 The Fan.

The Cowboys as of a month ago were willing to pay Elliott more than the Jets’ Le’Veon Bell ($13 mil APY) but less than the Rams’ Gurley ($14 mil APY).

How significant is the movement from Dallas? That is in the eye of the beholder. Amid breathless reports that Elliott has “turned down the offer(s) ... well, that’s self-evident, as otherwise he’d be in

Frisco with a pen in his hand and a helmet at the ready. Meanwhile, Cowboys COO Stephen Jones is on-record as telling 105.3 The Fan that Dallas has been “very generous” in talks.

Meanwhile, a few days ago Jones downplayed a 105.3 The Fan report that suggested an agreement was “imminent” while also mentioning how quickly a deal can get done.

Elliott wants to be a “Cowboy for life,” as he recently told Maxim magazine. But he also wants more than just “close” to Gurley’s APY; the two-time NFL rushing champ seeks money that would make him the highest-paid running back in NFL history. Part of that desire includes surpassing Gurley’s other contractual numbers ($60 million total with $45 million guaranteed); two sources tell us that Dallas has less of a problem with that first number than it does with the latter.

In other words, the Cowboys - who view Gurley’s contract as an outlier and a mistake - do not want to guarantee Elliott $45 million.

“I'm optimistic that we can get Zeke's deal done,” owner Jerry Jones said. “But we're gonna play football one way or the other."

But whether one’s mood is “optimistic” or otherwise, Elliott’s Cabo-based holdout has effectively put Bell’s contract (a four-year, $52-million deal with $27 million guaranteed) in the dust.

Now it’s about racing against Gurley - and it’s about racing against time toward Week 1 of the regular season.

Comments (26)
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SixFiveCowboy
SixFiveCowboy

I just don't see how he has these demands with the amount of bad situations he's put himself in since he's worn the star on his helmet. Quite honestly wouldn't have a problem paying him if he could show that he can make quality professional decisions. 45 million to a kid who already shows bad judgement with less money is borderline insane I don't care how well he's performed on the field.

philmayfield
philmayfield

I know this labels me as a dinosaur, but a contract is a promise. Zeke got every dime he could squeeze from the 'Boys in his rookie deal. Keep your word! On top of that, I find myself - reluctantly - siding with JJ's "I had your back" reminder. Also - smarter players have figured out that millions can be made (sponsors) if you cut the off-the-field kid stuff. Focus on your behavior and you have a gold mine at hand. I am not a fan of Jerry, but in this case, stick to your guns, Jones!

COWBOY4eva
COWBOY4eva

Let him sit! If he wanted to be a Cowboy, he would be in camp like Dak and Amari. He feels that he's bigger than the team, so ship him to Arizona and see how good he does without the Dallas offensive line!

Brousswayne
Brousswayne

Just pay him 15 mil per 44 guaranteed make the first 3 years guaranteed. Done deal.

John-Stone
John-Stone

I don't blame Zeke for wanting to set the market or for wanting a ton guaranteed. I do blame him for having off field problems 2 of the 3 years he's been in the league. I would have given him a good but not great contract now or said "stay clean this year and offseason" and then given him his record breaking deal.

Willie R$$
Willie R$$

Lol, it's a lot of jealous Cowboys fan, Zeke will be in uniform come September 8, 2019 with the largest contract, Jerry's money can buy.

Willie R$$
Willie R$$

Can all parties involved get this thing settled and we see our favorite team kick some butt, Jerry & Zeke got a good relationship and know each, the Cowboys need Zeke, & Zeke needs the Cowboys, now let's act like men and settle it, Go Cowboys.

MikeFisher
MikeFisher

Editor

H, I agree with this: Public opinion now sways against Zeke. His agent cnnot pretend to be 'insulted' any more.

MikeFisher
MikeFisher

Editor

H, i agree with this: Public opinion now sways against Zeke. His agent cannot pretend anymore to be 'insulted.'

MaxwellSmart
MaxwellSmart

I say let him sit out.

Hypermav
Hypermav

Are the Cowboys actually negotiating or just negotiating against their previous offer. Until we know exactly what parameters Zeke would take, why keep going up? This indicates to me the Cowboys would pay even more than this new offer (since they are negotiating in a vacuum??), so why would Zeke bite at this? This may also be for the ability to say they offered Zeke a great deal and the blame falls on him for not being there week 1. My opinion is the offer is way more than fair (as reported). Zeke only has himself to blame for not getting the guaranteed side of the contract.


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