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Author: Michael Scott
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Lately, the talk around Dallas Cowboys training camp has focused on running back Ezekiel Elliot’s absence. Attempting to renegotiate his current deal with two years remaining, Elliot has been a no-show to camp, instead opting to prepare for the upcoming season on his own, in Cabo San Lucas. Elliot isn’t the only player attempting to renegotiate. Quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper are also seeking new deals. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has maintained that the “core” three players are vital to his team’s success and that Dallas intends to re-sign those players to contracts putting among the highest-paid players at their positions.
Jones, and Elliot’s representatives have been far apart in conversations throughout camp. Recently, Prescott turned down an offer paying him an average of $30M annually, and Cooper’s talks are gaining little traction.
Yesterday, in typical Jones fashion, the team re-signed LB Jaylon Smith to a 5yr/$64M extension. The owner openly displayed gratitude towards Smith, by happily rewarding him for his dedication to being a Cowboy.
Smith’s extension was celebrated with a press conference; one that was on full display for Zeke and the rest of the world to see, and saw Jones boast his fondness and respect for the linebacker by promoting an agreement similar to one Elliot is seeking.
Is it possible Jones is trying to leverage the RB to end the holdout? Actions speak louder than words, and Jerry just passed the first piece of the pie to someone other than Elliot.
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