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SportWho gets a deal first: Melvin Gordon or Ezekiel Elliott?

14:55  17 july  2019
14:55  17 july  2019 Source:   touchdownwire.usatoday.com

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Melvin Gordon wants a new deal . Ezekiel Elliott reportedly wants a new deal . It’s an offseason where All-Pro running backs want a new deal . Things are a bit different. Elliott most likely won’t hold out. Gordon has already said he would.

Gordon seems more in the mindset of a lengthy holdout, but it's Elliott who has more leverage.

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Melvin Gordon wants a new deal. Ezekiel Elliott r eportedly wants a new deal. It's an offseason where All-Pro running backs want a new deal. Things are a bit different. Elliott most likely won't hold out. Gordon has already said he would. Let's play a little bit of what's more likely - credit Around the NFL - and try to figure out which important running back will land a new contract first.

Melvin Gordon

Let's address Gordon first. Gordon has one year left on his rookie deal. It's pretty obvious why he's threatening to hold out. He wants a long-term deal now. He doesn't want to play this season and risk injury. Sports Injury Predictor - a real website - puts Gordon at a medium injury risk. He's had knee injuries which are always a concern for a running back.

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Ezekiel Elliott and Melvin Gordon will likely get new contracts, but the teams still hold the leverage here—which is illustrated by Don is a big part of the reason why I am here; when Peter King started the MMQB in 2013, the first person to reach out to me was not Peter but Don, his wingman who I had

Here are a few problems for Gordon: the Chargers offense doesn't really miss him when he's gone. They are better when he plays, but it doesn't seem like they are significantly better. The engine to that offense is Philip Rivers and Rivers will need a new deal next year. Expect that deal to be around what Ben Roethlisberger signed last year. Also, Joey Bosa has two years left on his deal and he might be a bigger priority - read: he is a bigger priority - than Gordon.

The problem for Gordon is that he isn't the centerpiece of the team. Todd Gurley was the centerpiece of the Rams attack. He had an injury history. He mysteriously disappeared toward the end of last season and the Rams are worried about his knee holding up. He also signed a massive extension before last year. That's a bit of a warning sign for Chargers who could look at Gordon in a similar situation.

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The Chargers’ Melvin Gordon , seen at a three-day mandatory mini-camp in 2017, has been a The massive financial figures likely didn’t surprise Melvin Gordon , the last remaining running back There are multiple reports the Chargers are seeking a first -round pick and a middle-round pick in potential

Melvin Gordon ’s holdout escalating with Ezekiel Elliott extension done. The Chargers running back is the last one left holding out after Ezekiel Elliott ended his Cowboys stalemate Wednesday by agreeing to The cost would be a first -round pick and a fifth-round pick, according to ProFootballTalk.

The sad news is that most running backs are replaceable. They don't get long term deals as they get older unless they are undeniably one of the best running backs in the league. Gordon would get a nice contract offer next year - assuming he makes it healthy through this year - or the Chargers can just go and franchise him.

Ezekiel Elliott

Elliott is a bit of a different beast - and beast is an apt way to describe him when it comes to playing football. Elliott has two years left on his deal, but he was drafted a lot higher than Gordon. He is far and away the engine of the Cowboys offense. He has far less of an injury history compared to Gordon but is still listed as a medium risk. Elliott has two years left on his rookie contract.

Elliott is by far the most important offensive player on the Cowboys. The problem for Elliott is that two other pretty important players have contracts up before his deal ends. Dak Prescott will need a new deal after this season and he's currently a priority for Dallas. Amari Cooper who had a career resurgence after being traded to the Cowboys will also need a new deal. We have to factor in that Dallas gave up a first-round pick to get Cooper so they won't want to see him walk away for nothing. That's not how Jerry Jones does things.

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One thing we do know is that Jones loves stars and Elliott is a supernova. He's a big-play threat every time he touches the ball. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. The Cowboys offense would grind to a halt in Elliott missed extended time. That's just a fact. Prescott is not good enough to carry the Dallas offense on his own. Elliott is one of, if not the, best running backs in the game today.

Now for the part that every Cowboys fan likes to ignore. Elliott sure seems to get in trouble off the field a lot. He's already been suspended which means the NFL will have a zero-tolerance policy if he does something really wrong. Elliott is going through an issue where he pushed a security guard at a concert. He simply can't do that. Even if we try to minimize things, we always come back to the fact that Elliott is a star and needs to show better judgment.

Verdict

If I was a betting man - and I am - I would bet Gordon gets traded before he gets a long-term deal with the Chargers. I'd also bet that Jerry Jones ponies up the cash for Elliott. It's a delicate situation, but the Cowboys need to figure out how to reach a contract with Prescott first, then either franchise Cooper or come to a deal with Elliott and Cooper around the same time. Elliott is not be trifled with. He will holdout next year if he doesn't have something done with the Cowboys. The one thing Dallas can't afford is to have an angry Elliott who doesn't perform at his peak because he wants a new deal. Elliott will land a new contract with his current team before Gordon does.

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Comparing Melvin Gordon to Ezekiel Elliott and Le’Veon Bell is ridiculous. He’s not in their league. He had 885 yds last year and it was the first year he went over 4 yds per carry. Gordon should be there and hes not. The team moves on. The world doesnt stop because Melvin Gordon announces a

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