That sound you hear is Dallas Cowboys fans dropping everything they just had in their hands upon reading the title.
The Dallas Cowboys don’t appear any closer to getting a deal done with Ezekiel Elliott, and it really seems like Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had made peace with Zeke missing games into the regular season, even all the way into October.
On Thursday, Pro Football Talk speculated that Zeke will play 8 games for a year to be counted on his contract:
“Whether they sign Elliott to a new contract or not, they’ll likely get Zeke in the ‘dog days of the season.” Signed through 2020, Elliott risks tolling his contract for a full year if he doesn’t show up in time to get credit for the fourth year of his five-year rookie deal.’
Even Jones’ comments suggests that he expects to see his disgruntled running back during the back half of the season.
“We’ve got a marathon here,” Jones said. “We want Zeke when we get to the playoffs. We want Zeke when we’re in the dog days of the season.”
Elliott stated himself that he and other notable running backs are putting the respect back on the position and showing just how important it truly is in the league.
“Until the very recent deal with Todd Gurley [four years, $60 million], I think there was an undervalue of the running back,” Elliott said. “But with guys like Gurley getting drafted so high, then me, and now guys like Saquon [Barkley] getting drafted in the first round, I think we’ve done a great job of bringing back the value of the position, showing the importance of the running back.”