Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is holding out and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.
Kevin Turner of 105.3 The Fan reported that Elliott is training in Mexico, which is what he also did in 2017 during his six-game suspension.
Elliott has two years left on his rookie deal and reportedly wants a new contract that would surpass the four-year, $57.5M extension Todd Gurley signed last offseason. All players who hold out of training camp are subject to fines of $40,000 a day.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones did a one-on-one interview with CBS11 Sports and said: “You don’t have to have a rushing champion to win a Super Bowl… Emmitt [Smith] was the first one to do it.”
In 1993, Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith was coming off a league-best 1,713 rushing yards and wanted a new deal. He held out into the regular season and the Cowboys would start the season 0-2 without him. Shortly after, Jerry Jones made the move and signed Smith to a four-extension. The Cowboys would go on to win the Super Bowl that year.
“That’s one of the dilemmas at running back is that [in 2019] the league knows that you can win Super Bowls and not have the Emmitt Smith back there or not have Zeke back there,” Jones said.
Jones says that he’s looking at ways to get Elliott a new contract but has to also make sure that all the pieces are in place to make a run for the Super Bowl.
“You’ve gotta do all of the things along with having Zeke that allow you to have other players so that you can win the Super Bowl. That’s what we’re going through,” Jones said.
Elliott isn’t the only player on the Cowboys who wants a new deal. QB Dak Prescott, WR Amari Cooper and CB Byron Jones are in the final year of their deals.
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