Not exactly what these three players want to here.
When Todd Gurley received his massive deal from the Rams, it pretty much reset the running back market.
One quarterback after another has reset the market, with the Seattle Seahawks being the latest when they gave Russell Wilson his massive deal. On Wednesday, the New Orleans Saints reset the wide receiver market with their deal to Michael Thomas.
Stephen Jones is having none of that.
The executive vice president said last week that Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper and Ezekiel Elliott all have “solid” offers on the table, but he and Jerry Jones both stated the deals need to be “team friendly” for the Cowboys to have salary-cap room to make sure they content for a Super Bowl.
“We can’t push the issue unless we want to be a market-setter,” Jones said on KTCK-AM 1310 and 96.7 FM, via David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, “and we’re damn sure not going to be a market-setter because of all the things that go with being a Dallas Cowboy.
“We want our players to feel good about their contracts. But at the same time, we don’t want to do things that are out of line because we can’t afford to be that way. When we save money, whether it’s with Dak, whether it’s with Zeke, whether it’s with Amari, it’s not saving Jerry and I a dollar. It’s just money that’s going to another player.”
The front office is always going to look out for the best interest of the franchise and you will use the fight for a title to make players succomb to pressure of taking a smaller deal.
History has told us that a team will screw a player over time and time again, so the Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott, and Amari Cooper should accept nothing less than the biggest payout they can receive.