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SportThe Cowboys Need Ezekiel Elliott More Than Elliott Needs the Cowboys

04:50  25 august  2019
04:50  25 august  2019 Source:   thebiglead.com

Ezekiel Elliott wants to be with Cowboys ‘for as long as I can’

Ezekiel Elliott wants to be with Cowboys ‘for as long as I can’ Ezekiel Elliott appears to be willing to miss regular season games as he continues to demand a new contract from the Dallas Cowboys, but that does not mean the star running back is thinking about playing for another team. Unlike Melvin Gordon, who is also holding out for a new contract with the Los Angeles Chargers, Elliott has not given the Cowboys an ultimatum or demanded a trade. He simply wants a fair market deal. In fact, he reiterated in an interview with Keith Gordon of Maxim that he loves playing in Dallas and wants to be a Cowboy for life. “I love playing for the Dallas Cowboys, I love the organization, my teammates.

JASON SMITH & T. J. HOUSHMANDZADEH discuss the challenge of Cowboys signing both Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott and what the best course of action is for

JASON SMITH & T. J. HOUSHMANDZADEH discuss the challenge of Cowboys signing both Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott and what the best course of action is for Melvin Gordon's holdout with the chargers. ► SUBSCRIBE They make more than both leagues they shouldn't have a salary cap tbh.

Ezekiel Elliott's holdout has carried through three weeks of training camp, and so far there doesn't seem to be an end in sight. Reports recently emerged the Cowboys offered Zeke a contract that would have made him the second-highest paid running back in the league behind Todd Gurley. Clay Travis went on a rant on Saturday morning about how ridiculous it is that Elliott turned down such an offer.

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While this is the first anyone has heard of Elliott officially turning down the contract, it's safe to assume he wasn't a fan, otherwise he would have reported to camp. The general attitude around the situation has been similar to Travis', however; the value of the running back has never been lower, so Elliott should take whatever the Cowboys are willing to give and end the charade. That's a fair viewpoint, especially since this isn't exactly the same thing as the Le'Veon Bell debacle. Elliott is still under contract for two years, while Bell had been franchise-tagged once and was about to undergo another season on the tag when he decided to sit out.

I fall on the opposite side of the coin. The Cowboys need Elliott more than he needs the franchise, and he is good enough to warrant a big contract, even bigger than Gurley's. Dallas relies on Elliott to make their offense run the way they want it to. When comparing the difference between Elliott's situation and other highly-paid running backs, the contrasts stand out. The Rams paid Gurley, but their primary weapon is the mind of Sean McVay. Bell was paired with an all-time great QB and wide receiver, so it's natural Pittsburgh wasn't looking to invest long-term money there.

Report: Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott still have significant ground to cover

Report: Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott still have significant ground to cover The Ezekiel Elliott pendulum continues to swing back and forth. We heard Saturday that contract talks between Elliott and the Cowboys were intensifying. 

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott walks on the field prior to the Pro Football Hall of An appeals hearing must be scheduled no more than 13 days following notice of the suspension. The Cowboys can recover about .44 million of signing bonus money from Elliott . He'll also lose out on

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott needs Ezekiel Elliott . The two-game sample size offers up the evidence to those who want to believe Prescott is more that kind of quarterback than the one who won 13 games, threw 24 touchdown passes to four interceptions, and ran for six more scores as

The Cowboys have neither an offensive genius on the headset or a generational talent at quarterback. Dak Prescott is good, but not so good he can win games by himself. The offensive line, where Dallas has invested most of their resources over the last five years, is as good as advertised and is the main reason anyone is confident someone like Tony Pollard can get the job done without Elliott. But given where the Cowboys are right now as a franchise, that's a big bet to make.

Jerry Jones is not looking for his franchise to take a step back the season after they looked as good as they have since Tony Romo's heyday. Yes, they could adamantly refuse to adhere to Elliott's demands and win the war of public perception, but at what cost? To replace Elliott's NFL-high 304 rushes and 77 catches with a fourth-round draft pick? The offense is indisputably worse with no Elliott, but more importantly, Prescott is worse without Elliott. Elliott's presence allows the offense to operate like the oiled machine they envisioned when investing the fourth overall pick in a running back and several other first-rounders in offensive linemen.

Report: Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott 'moving toward a deal'

Report: Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott 'moving toward a deal' The Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott are "moving toward a deal," according to Clarence Hill of the Dallas Morning News. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com also hears that serious progress has been made over the last 24 hours, though obstacles still remain. We heard that the two sides still have significant ground to cover, so it’s unclear if this is a case of actual progress in negotiations, or a case of conflicting stories. 

Someday, Ezekiel Elliott will no longer play for the Cowboys . Could that someday come sooner than anyone expects? Crazy as it sounds, it’s really Even if that’s not what the Cowboys are thinking, it’s all the more reason for Elliott to respond to the constant flow of cash to players not named Ezekiel

The Cowboys got back on the practice field after a few days away. Everyone seems to be giving their takes on Ezekiel Elliott 's pending NFL investigation but the waters are still murky at best. The 75O: Which position on the Cowboys needs the most work?

Elliott earns the ire of powerful members of the league and loses out on a good amount of money should the holdout carry over into the regular season, but ultimately he'd sign a rich contract, with the Cowboys or otherwise. Dallas loses the crux of their offensive system and any hopes of championship contention in what will be their last year of financial flexibility before the bill comes for all the young talent they've accumulated. They may have the contractual leverage, but as far as the football goes, they need Elliott. And he knows that.

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Dirk Nowitzki sends hilarious tweet about Ezekiel Elliott airport frenzy.
Dirk Nowitzki had a great reaction to the media presence at the airport when he returned from an overseas trip. With the NFL season set to begin on Thursday, the big talking point around Dallas has been the holdout of Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott. Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki experienced firsthand just how much attention Elliott’s contract situation has become. When Nowitzki returned from China, there were numerous cameras present at DFW Airport hoping to get a glimpse of Elliott, who has been training in Mexico. Nowitzki used the situation to make a joke about his celebrity in Dallas. Came home from China to all these cameras at the airport.

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