The last time Jones had to deal with a leading rusher holding out goes all the way back to the 90’s when Emmitt Smith held out for two games into the regular season before Jones decided to give him what he wanted.
Fast forward to 2019 and Jones is now pondering whether it makes sense to pay a running back top dollars in 2019, as he said to CBS 11.
“The point there is, you don’t have to have a rushing champion to win a Super Bowl … Emmitt was the first one to do it,” Jones said.
To Be quite fair, since Smith accomplished that feat back in 1992, 1993, and 1995, only Terrell Davis in 1998 has led the entire league in rushing and won the Super Bowl in the same season.
“That’s one of the dilemmas at running back is that 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.
For Jones, paying Elliott becomes an issue as it presents the problem of having a roster full of good players if the money is all in one egg basket on the team.
“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.
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