Zeke Threatens To Sit Out, What to Make of It?

    According to 's Josina Anderson, 's camp has informed the that the superstar won't play in 2019 without a new deal in place. The news may come off as a surprise at first, but considering Zeke has yet to to , the threat only makes sense. It seems like losing an accrued season toward by not reporting by August 6th isn't a problem for Elliott knowing he still has the on his contract to do so.  Not to mention, he knows that a deal is eventually coming.

    As both sides continue to work on a , Jane Slater took to to give us an update on where things stand not only with Zeke, but with and .

    While it's nice to hear the Cowboys are willing to pay big-time money for their big-time players, it isn't just about being a Top-5 highest paid player in annual average per year. It's also about contract structure, guaranteed money, and many more factors.

    What differentiates Zeke's situation from Dak and Cooper is the fact that Elliott could become the highest-paid player at his position. He has the credentials to ask to be the number one guy in the league. Meanwhile, Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper will not be setting the market that way (although they'll be getting paid).

    Something else we can't ignore is the fact that we know the market value for quarterbacks and wide receivers is going nowhere but up, while the running back's market is as uncertain as ever, as the league's trend continues to around the and continue to discuss their real value.

    But what should we make of Elliott's threat? Is he really going to sit out the entire if the sides can't agree to a contract extension? Personally, I wouldn't recommend overreacting to ESPN's report.

    Ezekiel Elliott's threat definitely makes things more interesting, but we shouldn't take it for granted. Even if a deal isn't reached, I'd be surprised if Zeke sits out the 2019 season. Yes, people like to compare his situation to 's, but it isn't that similar. Other than they are two running backs who have held out, the reality for both of them is different.

    Last year, when Bell didn't report with the Steelers, he ended up becoming a . He didn't sign the second Pittsburgh's had assigned him. Simply put, he wasn't under contract.

    Zeke, on the other hand, has still two years left on his contract and skipping the season would push his current deal a year. If he sits out, he won't be hitting free agency next year.

    Of course, missing the regular season would affect the Cowboys. Heading into 2019, Dallas has what it takes to contend for the . But not having #21 in the backfield would hurt, a lot. As we wait for the always-elusive sixth Lombardi Trophy, ' confidence in getting the deals done better translate to Elliott showing up sooner rather than later.

    Mauricio Rodriguez
    Mauricio Rodriguez
    I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.


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    Jerry Jones is the only one in control of every contract. Ezekiel Elliott still has 2 years left on his contract. There’s no rush to give an extension contract or a pay raise at this moment. The only one that will be hurt for his selfishness and being very immature and fails to take the Offense into consideration plus who stood by him when he needed it. How much I wish that I would be in Jerry Jones shoes. I would first fine Elliott if he failed to report on August 6. I would inform Elliott that I’m in no rush to give him an extension contract because he still has 2 years left on his contract. If Elliott continues with his Very Stupid Holdout, I would start looking for a team to trade him for exchange of getting the first round pick in next years draft with the number one pick in the draft. The Cowboys at the present time have excellent running backs that are ready to step up and we will forget who Elliott was. Elliott has yet to win a Super Bowl and still has a lot to proof to his teammates and the owners plus the public. Jerry Jones doesn’t need the NFL COMMISSIONER to make an example of Elliott, Jerry is in control and he needs to step up and make an example of Elliott for failure to show up at Training Camp.

    Derek Robinson

    What if Zeke doesn’t come back. What if Dak wins a SB without him. Do you think the haters would shut-up then.