Analyst: Zeke Deal Will Be In "Todd Gurley Neighborhood"

Ezekiel Elliott wants to be the highest-paid running back in football, and his wish may come true

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
July 29, 2019 - 9:33 am
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Ezekiel Elliott reportedly wants a new contract that exceeds Todd Gurley’s four-year, $57.5 million deal ($14.375 million annually) with the Rams. 

That makes Elliott the most intriguing holdout in 2019.

“Melvin Gordon telegraphed his holdout so you knew that one was coming,” CBS Sports NFL contract and salary cap expert Joel Corry said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “Ezekiel Elliott, since he plays for quote-unquote America’s Team, the Cowboys have a couple of guys in contract years – Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper – and I don’t begrudge any running back for trying to force the issue contractually because that position has a shorter shelf life and less longevity, so the window of opportunity to get paid is a lot shorter than playing another position. So try to strike while the iron is hot or get your money while you can.”

The Cowboys would like to sign Elliott, Prescott, and Cooper to long-term deals, but the devil is in the details.

“They’ve got offers out to all three, so they’re trying to get them all done,” Corry said. “I’m curious to see whether they’ve learned from what happened a generation ago when they had a running back (Emmitt Smith) that was an integral part of the offense miss a couple of regular-season games before they paid him. Stephen Jones has said that Ezekiel Elliott is the straw that stirs the drink. So if they don’t want to go down that same road again, then he has a chance at being successful with his holdout – much better than I think Melvin Gordon does.”

Elliott, 24, wants to be the highest-paid running back in the game. His wish may come true.

“Personally I wouldn’t pay any running back big money on his second contract,” Corry said, “but I think this deal eventually gets done in that Todd Gurley neighborhood.”

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