Cowboys’ RB Ezekiel Elliott Won’t Play Without New Contract

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. Photo by Charles Baus/CSM/Shutterstock (10055402bs)

It seems like Dallas Cowboys’ running back Ezekiel Elliott doesn’t have the intention to terminate his holdout if he doesn’t get paid. According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Elliott’s representatives have told the Cowboys that the 24-year-old Pro Bowler won’t play for the team until he gets a new contract.

Elliott currently has two years left on his rookie deal, which will pay him 3.85 million and $9.09 million in 2019 and 2020 respectively. Despite this, he decided to ask for a new deal contract from the organization, hoping to get the “market-setting” type of money. The issue is, however, that Dallas isn’t willing to go that far.

Dallas Cowboys already paid big money to several players this offseason, and are also in the middle of contract negotiations with wide receiver Amari Cooper and quarterback Dak Prescott, both of whom have only one year left on their deals. This makes it tough for the franchise to pay top dollar to everyone.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Clarence Hill recently reported that Cowboys gave the Cooper, Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott offers that would make them among the top five highest-paid players on their positions. Elliott, however, isn’t pleased with this offer that is close to the four years and $52.5 million that Le’ Veon Bell got from New York Jets. He would prefer something in the ballpark of four years, $60 million that Todd Gurley got from Los Angeles Rams.

However, while Cowboys find themselves in a tough spot after these reports, the team’s owner and general manager Jerry Jones isn’t too worried about the situation.

“Just know that like so many things, it’ll happen. It’ll happen,” – Jones recently told NFL Network. “There literally is no concern on my part at all about any time frame. That’ll happen. The results are too good for them and too good for the Cowboys. Think about it now. The results are too good for them and too good for the Cowboys. That always happens when it’s that good for both of us.”