NFL Analyst Would "Absolutely" Extend Zeke

Dan Orlovsky explains why he would give Ezekiel Elliott a new contract

The DA Show
July 30, 2019 - 2:38 pm

With Ezekiel Elliott holding out, the Dallas Cowboys signed Alfred Morris to a one-year deal Monday.

Is this Jerry Jones’ way of sending a message to Zeke?

“Jerry Jones obviously likes to try and dictate things via the media and control narratives,” former NFL quarterback and current analyst Dan Orlovsky said on The DA Show. “I understand that he realizes how important Zeke is to this football team. Jerry Jones knows football. But he’s just trying to use any way or any means possible to potentially put a little fear into Zeke, put a little fear into Zeke’s camp.”

In addition to signing Morris, Jones stated that you don’t need a rushing champion to win a Super Bowl, which is ironic since Emmitt Smith led the league in rushing every time the Cowboys won a Super Bowl in the 1990s.

“It’s a little bit of misspeaking by him,” Orlovsky said of Jones. “He has not won a Super Bowl without the rushing champ on his football team.”

Elliott, 24, has led the league in rushing in two of his three NFL seasons. He has averaged 101.2 rushing yards per game and scored 34 total touchdowns. But he still has two years remaining on his rookie contract.

One must wonder if Todd Gurley’s knee is negatively impacting Elliott’s new-contract demands.

“Everyone continues to point to the Gurley contract, but I don’t necessarily see it that way,” Orlovsky said. “Do the Rams regret it performance-wise out of Gurley? No. He still as an incredibly dynamic and impactful player for them last year. I understand the knee crept up and that affects the way we view Gurley, but (does) a healthy Todd Gurley change the outcome of the Super Bowl? Potentially. Zeke doesn’t have the history with injuries that Gurley did coming out with the knee.”

Which is why Orlovsky would “absolutely” extend Elliott on a new deal.

“The Cowboys cannot be a playoff and Super Bowl contender without Zeke,” Orlovsky said. “I know this: when defensive coordinators sit down on Monday and devise a game plan when they have to play the Cowboys, the No. 1 thing out of their mouths is, ‘What are we going to do to stop Ezekiel Elliott?’ It’s not, ‘What are we going to do to stop the running game?’ It’s, ‘What are we going to do to stop Ezekiel Elliott?’ That is the fundamental basis of why I am paying Zeke. . . . Zeke is a totally different animal.”