La Canfora: Elliott Dug His Own Hole

Jason La Canfora shared his thoughts on Ezekiel Elliott and Melvin Gordon, as both reportedly want new contracts

July 16, 2019 - 10:27 am
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Ezekiel Elliott reportedly plans to hold out of training camp unless he receives a new contract. He is also reportedly the target of an assault charge – or, in his opinion, extortion.

Elliott is no stranger to off-field drama, which could hurt his potential holdout.

“I don’t think anybody knows where this is ending up – and there may be no validity to these claims – but the fact that he’s constantly caught up in this stuff, seemingly somebody always has some grievance against him,” CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora said on Ferrall on the Bench. “He’s already had to walk into the principal’s offense three times now, and he’s barely been in the league three years. It’s not good.”

The soon-to-be 24-year-old has led the league in rushing in two of his first three NFL seasons. He is slated to make just over $4 million in 2019.

“Jerry Jones knows the importance of this individual to his franchise and how singularly important he is, but he also hasn’t locked him up into the future,” La Canfora said. “That, to me, has everything to do (with) all these (off-field issues). It’s all this other stuff that gives everybody in that organization pause. Can we really depend on him? 

“I don’t think Ezekiel Elliott is getting a contract extension any time soon,” La Canfora continued. “If he wants to sit out part of the season, more power to him, but I don’t really know where that’s getting him because he’s kind of started to dig his own hole from the moment he got into the league.”

Melvin Gordon, meanwhile, will reportedly demand a trade if the Chargers do not give him a new contract.

“Melvin Gordon, to me, is a special running back,” La Canfora said. “He’s one of the five best running backs in the NFL. He’s somebody who, when he is healthy, is an absolute difference-maker. To me, he’s everything you would look for in a running back. But the problem is he’s still a running back. He really has less than no leverage in this situation.”

Gordon is slated to make $5.6 million this season – the final of his five-year rookie deal.

“Sitting out a year really gets him nothing,” La Canfora said. “If you sit out a year, your contract holds – plus they can still franchise you for two years on top of that. They have to know that. I do think they’ll sit out the entire preseason, because why not? At the end of the day, I think he signs a two- to three-year contract extension that basically puts more money in his pocket right now than he has. It buys his 2020 franchise tag, it puts that money in his pocket today, and it puts a little bit more money in his pocket in 2021 – but not enough that would preclude him from hitting the market.”

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