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Finish The Fight: Ezekiel Elliott’s Fight With NFL Just Beginning

Brian Martin

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One of the more important mantras the Dallas Cowboys have been known to go by here recently is "Finish The Fight". That particular mantra is arguably more important now than it is ever been after Ezekiel Elliott, Jerry Jones, and the rest of Cowboys Nation learned of the NFL's decision to slap Elliott with a six-game suspension. This fight is just beginning and you can bet Elliott and Jerry Jones are prepared to fight tooth and nail with the NFL and see this thing through to the end.

The NFL in their infinite wisdom decided to hand down a six-game suspension without pay to the 2016 leading rusher, Ezekiel Elliott, for the alleged violation of the league's personal conduct policy. The key word here of course is "alleged". The NFL claims their decision was justified because of their "general belief" that the victim was telling the truth in all matters pertaining to the domestic violence accusation.

Ezekiel Elliott as you can imagine is completely infuriated by the turn of events and probably feels like he's been slapped in the face by the NFL. This seems to be just another case of the NFL hierarchies trying to flex their muscles and play judge, jury, and executioner. This is especially true considering the fact the Columbus (OH) criminal court dismissed all charges against Elliott back in the summer of 2016.

This fight is far from over, hence the reference to the Dallas Cowboys mantra "Finish The Fight" earlier in the article. Ezekiel Elliott and Jerry Jones are absolutely furious at the turn of events and are prepared to take whatever actions necessary in order to exonerate Elliott from any wrongdoings.

Charles Robinson on Twitter

I'm told #Cowboys Zeke Elliott is willing to take this whole suspension appeal through courts if he has to. This could drag out a long time.

The Dallas Cowboys second-year RB of course is not alone in this fight and has the full support of his owner Jerry Jones. In fact, the NFL should expect Jerry Jones to be on the warpath.

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is 'furious' over Ezekiel Elliott verdict. (per @AdamSchefter)

What all this adds up to is a lengthy and probably ugly fight between Ezekiel Elliott/Dallas Cowboys and the NFL. There will be no simple solution and it could come down to a court ruling to finally get everything sorted out.

The only thing that I know for sure, is that we all need to buckle up and prepare ourselves for a long bumpy ride. It's the only thing we can do as Ezekiel Elliott and Jerry Jones prepared to "Finish The Fight".

How do you think this situation finally shakes out?



Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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  1. Charles

    August 12, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    He needs to fight this. Making an example of Zeke because of his popularity and the fact that he is a Dallas Cowboy. They had a chance to send a message when they had proof that Josh Brown was a spouse abuser. They had a chance to send a message with Pacman but he only got one game for assault and threatening a police officer. I’m quite sure Commissioner Mara…I meant to say Goodell is really proud of himself. No one is really talking about the fact that 2 of the 4 of the panel members are probably biased against the the Cowboys, especially the former prosecutor who is a die hard Giants fan.

  2. Russ_Te

    August 12, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    If you read the letter from NFL to Elliott that was leaked, it’s written like they are positive of his guilt. I’m a Progressive politically and have always believed in full gender equality & voted for those candidates including Hillary Clinton.

    So it’s difficult to read that letter and imagine they could be right, and very uncomfortable for me to be a defender of someone possible guilty of domestic violence.

    But there is a gigantic problem with the NFL process. It is corrupted IMO and needs to be slapped down in court. The NFL is now it’s own crime investigative organization, and willing to contradict police findings. That’s sue-able.

    My argument from the other article:

    ESPN’s article today went into what the NFL obtained for it’s conclusions. Interviews of both parties, text messages, injury pics it said meta-dated to the time frame involved. It seems to have ignored that witnesses heard the woman threaten to ruin EE’s career, one reason the police did not charge.

    So if you run your own CSI shop and you are going to disregard police conclusions – and you decide he did it – then why is it only 6 games? Are you weak on DV, or are you rather on shaky ground with the whole endeavor…

  3. Russ_Te

    August 12, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    And I think it will be challenged and beaten in court. And I agree it might get Goodell fired. He’s lost.

    Elliott is losing much more than game checks. He is being crucified now in the court of the national press. If you are a prominent sports star, you stand to make much more in endorsement deals than you do from your player contract.

    Elliott? No. That’s gone. And that’s why he will sue.

  4. Suave Freddie

    August 12, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    I am SO glad that Jerry Jones & Family are all TICKED off by this decision. After all that Jerry Jones has done for the NFL. The NFL would not be what it is today with ALL that Jerry Jones has done. I hope that Goodell gets FIRED!! He is making a laughing stock of the NFL. This situation happened before Ezkiel Elliot was drafted. NFL should NOT any jurisdiction of what happened then. Also, how do you accuse someone of false accusations. His ex-girl girlfriend presented the information to the police of accusing Ezkiel falsely. The NFL is a BIG joke right now. The Dallas Cowboys brought the ratings up last year fo the NFL. The NFL’s ratings were very low, until they FLEXED Cowboys games. Chris Carter is no better person. He was involved with drugs & alcohol when he was in the NFL. Would would think someone like him would be more considerate for other players in the league. HE IS A POOR EXAMPLE IF WHAT THE NFL STANDS FOR!! No respect for him whatsoever. Hope & Pray Ezkiel comes out victorious and some NFL leaders get replaced!!

  5. Don

    August 14, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Good article Brian and I’m not sure why I’m getting this 2 days later then the rest but agree with all those commenting. I have no use for DV of any sort whether it’s my neighbor your neighbor Joe blow and especially these prima donna athletes. If he indeed did it then not 6 games ban out,kick him out. That sends the message loud and clear. BUT the NFL isn’t the law and I know they have their rules but this was clearly a matter that had been handled by the law and Zeke was completely exonerated..Goodell has been a blight to the NFL for a pretty good while now and like another said he’s probably headed to unemployment.Good riddance..Read today where Zeke’s dad said get ready we are Lawyer’d up and we know Jerry is as well..Now it just popped up on my phone saying Goodell had little to do with this investigation…REALLY…Yes my blood is Blue & Silver since 63′ but if he’s innocent of all this then the NFL needs a slap in the face. I believe he is and if not he’s got to go flip burgers with Randy Gregory…!

  6. ThePsychodad69

    August 15, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    If the NFL investigator realizes she’s a flake, because the only pics on record are selfies after a bar fight at a party she wasn’t invited to, then follows him home, confronts Zeke and friends in parking lot. Throws a few threats his way before calling the police. A few texts to her friend asking for a felony. Just wonder why Zekes restraining order against her never came up until now, could be the deathblow to Goodells throne.

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Could Loaded FA Safety Market Drive Down Earl Thomas’ Value?

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Could Loaded FA Safety Class Drive Down Earl Thomas' Price Tag?

It's no secret the Dallas Cowboys and Earl Thomas share a mutual interest in one another. Thomas has publicly stated his desire to join America's Team and the Cowboys did their darndest to make that happen last offseason. Nothing ever materialized a year ago, but it's looking as if the stars have finally aligned and a union between the two could merely be just weeks away.

Surprisingly enough, the Dallas Cowboys may have dodged a bullet last year when the Seattle Seahawks refused to part ways with their All-Pro safety. Not only would they have had to surrender a high draft pick, but they would've also had to extend Thomas' contract. Fortunately, timing is everything and now the Cowboys might just have to do the latter.

A potential contract between the Cowboys and Thomas is of course what I want to dive in today. I'm not going to get into numbers right now, because it's nearly impossible to project any kind of contract for any safety this offseason, especially for the former Seahawk, Earl Thomas.

Earl Thomas

Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Right now, it's a little difficult to know who might have the advantage in contract negotiations, Earl Thomas or the Dallas Cowboys. A lot of times the one that has the leverage, however slight, is the one that gets the better of the deal. As surprising as it may be, the Cowboys might just have the advantage here and I'll tell you why.

First off, this year's market for free agent safeties is pretty stacked with starting caliber players. See below:

  • Earl Thomas
  • Landon Collins
  • Lamarcus Joyner
  • Tyrann Mathieu
  • Adrian Amos
  • Clayton Geathers
  • Ha-Ha Clinton Dix
  • Glover Quinn
  • Tre Boston
  • Kenny Vaccaro
  • George Iloka
  • Jimmie Ward
  • Adrian Phillips

Earl Thomas is obviously the headliner here amongst the free agent safeties, but having so many starting caliber players available could drive down Thomas' market value just a bit. This is especially true when you take into consideration the market for FA safeties just a year ago. It was almost a complete standstill last year, with only Kurt Coleman signing a three-year $16.5 million deal with the New Orleans Saints. Not even the "Honey Badger" Tyrann Mathieu could get more than a one-year deal.

With all of these safeties available in free agency, we could be looking at another stingy market. This of course could be good or bad news for the Dallas Cowboys, especially as it pertains to Earl Thomas. Since he is the top FA safety available, everything could once again be at a standstill until he is signed.

Earl Thomas

Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Of course, we all know this will ultimately come down to determining Earl Thomas' market value. There is no denying he is still arguably the best free safety in the game today, but there are concerns about his age (30) and the two lower leg injuries he's sustained in the past three years.

Even with the loaded free agent market of starting caliber safeties and Thomas' age and recent injury history, he's still likely to receive a contract that earns him $10 million annually, give or take. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he gets another four-year deal worth $40 million, $25.7 million guaranteed, with a $9.5 million signing bonus like he signed with the Seahawks back in 2014.

The Cowboys of course would probably find a four-year $40 million deal for Earl Thomas acceptable. They would more than likely frontload the contract with a lot of protection in the details. They have the cap space to make this happen and still be able to sign their own, so money shouldn't be a problem.

Now, whether or not Thomas' market value may dip a little due to all of the above mentioned reasons will be something we will have to wait and find out. Regardless, I'd be a little shocked if Earl Thomas doesn't finish his career with the Dallas Cowboys.

Do you think Earl Thomas' market value will take a little hit this offseason?



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Acquiring Brown Will Give Dallas Twin Turbo Terrors

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Acquiring Brown Will Give Dallas Twin Turbo Terrors

What a difference a receiver makes, right? As Dallas fans, we know the impact of a player who can shake coverage, get open, and catch the ball. How was the season going before the Cowboys pulled the trigger for Amari Cooper in the deal with the Raiders? Cooper proved to be the lightning rod and a turning point in a season that was growing increasingly dismal. Dak Prescott and Cooper went together like peanut butter and jelly, while the Cowboys stormed to a division title and a postseason berth.

Now, imagine all of that times two… maybe even two and a half if Antonio Brown could be had from the Steelers. Scary right? We understand there’s only one ball to go around but that didn’t stop Kevin Durant from joining the Warriors, did it?

As of this writing, the best online sportsbooks like Intertops, are dealing Dallas as the seventh of 16 choices to win the NFC championship at odds of 12-1. Imagine how those odds would shrink if Brown wore a Cowboys uniform next season, giving Prescott the luxury of not one upper echelon wideout but that plus an elite receiver. Hut, hut, hut and a few clouds of smoke later the Cowboys would be moving the chains or celebrating in the endzone.

Brown and Cooper would be a devastating combination with Ezekiel Elliott coming out of the backfield. Brown was made for Dallas, it gives him an even grander stage than the one he shared with Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell in Pittsburgh.

Despite the fact that the 'Boys haven’t won a Super Bowl since Barry Switzer was roaming the sidelines in the mid-90s, America’s Team still resides in Dallas. But we need a game-changer and Brown is just such an athlete. But what do we give in return and will that cost be worth whatever productive years Brown has left after this one? Let’s not forget that the mercurial Miami native will be 31 when the season begins and men who make a living with their legs don’t get better at that age. But Brown is so good and so unique that, even if he drops half a click, he's still amongst the best in the game.

That level of talent is hard to replicate and it could be the missing piece which allows Dallas to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender next season and the year after.

However, up to this point, we’ve been very good at dreaming of a Brown to Dallas trade but haven’t quite worked out the details. It takes two to tango and if we expect to get the Steelers’ attention we need to give them something valuable in return. Dallas surrendered their first-round pick (27th) this season when they traded for Cooper so that’s no longer an asset.

Pittsburgh would be vying for a first-round pick (and likely more) for Brown's services but some have speculated Dallas would consider dealing rookie-standout Leighton Vander Esch.

Wait... what? We know, you’re clutching your pearls, and the words are stuck in your gasp. We get it. The kid was a home run this past season, leading the Dallas defense in tackles and earning a Pro Bowl invitation in his inaugural NFL season. But this would be a Faustian deal.

The Cowboys give up a player who is poised to be a stud for years to come for a playmaker in Brown that could render a Super Bowl in the immediate future. Brown's expiration date will surely turn his milk sour sooner rather than later, but in the here and now, Antonio Brown could be the bell cow who leads the Cowboys to the promised land before he’s put out to pasture.

Just something to think about...



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2018 In Review: CB Anthony Brown Bounces Back

Kevin Brady

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Anthony Brown's Resurgence A Great Sign for Cowboys Defense
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To say it's been an up-and-down start to the career of young cornerback Anthony Brown would be an understatement.

As a sixth round pick in 2016, everything Brown contributed during his rookie season was a plus. Due to injury he was asked to step into a greater role as the season went on, and he performed well enough to make the front office comfortable allowing multiple veterans to walk for nothing in free agency the following Spring. Brown looked like a legitimate starting cornerback in the league, and when Dallas brought in Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis during the next draft, the young secondary seemed set.

Then 2017 happened. And Anthony Brown struggled. Really struggled.

These struggles, coupled with the emergence of both Lewis and Awuzie during their own rookie seasons, made Brown's status heading into 2018 rather uncertain. Some wondered if they would trade him for a day three pick, others thought Brown could even end up being cut. Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown were slated to compete for the nickel cornerback job in training camp, and as it turned out, all Brown needed was that one extra chance to compete.

Brown won the job outright during the preseason, and began 2018 as the starting nickel. A fan favorite, most thought Lewis would reclaim his rightful spot on the depth chart sooner or later, but Anthony Brown's play (and Kris Richard's preferences) kept Lewis on the bench for much of the season.

Simply put, Anthony Brown balled in 2018, and was the Cowboys' second best corner for most of the year. By the end of the season Chidobe Awuzie had regained form, but Brown and Byron Jones were the most consistently reliable corners on the roster all of 2018.

Brown tallied 44 tackles, 2 sacks, and an interception in 2018, and finished third on the team in pass breakups with 8. As the slot corner Brown had an excellent season, especially for a former sixth round pick.

Now he enters a contract year, and with the Cowboys having so many guys to pay over the next two offseasons, he could find himself as an unrestricted free agent in 2020. And if he can keep up his play from last year moving forward, he could be in for a nice payday that Spring.



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