NFL Training Camp- Zeke Elliot Continues Holdout

Will Zeke Show Up

Ezekiel Elliott was supposed to show up the Dallas Cowboys Mini-Camp on Friday, July 26th. 3 days later, Zeke AWOL and the Cowboys just signed Alfred Morris to fill the void. It was reported that Zeke wanted a deal that would surpass the 4 years 57.5 million dollar deal that the Los Angeles Rams handed out to Todd Gurley last season. 

Jerry Jones came out recently very nonchalant in his statements about Zeke. Jerry Jones told CBS 11 Sports on Monday, “The point there is, you don’t have to have a rushing champion to win a Super Bowl … Emmitt (Smith) was the first one to do it,”. “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.”

There have been multiple holdouts this summer but none bigger than the ones by Zeke and Melvin Gordon. They are following in the footsteps of Le’Veon Bell and trying to get their payday. The value of the modern day back has taken a hit. When Bell wanted to get paid he sat out the season. The Steelers used 3rd round pick James Connor who filled the role admirably. When Gurley was hurting in the back end of the season, the Rams signed CJ Anderson and the offense didn’t miss a beat. 

Unfortunately, the modern day bell-cow running back is no longer necessary. Zeke is a top 5 running back but in an age where teams are using multiple backs, it is cheaper to not have that guy.

In my opinion, Zeke needs to get back into camp. He still has 2 years left on his deal and it is way too early for him trying to negotiate this deal. I think the Cowboys will give him a new deal eventually but not sure it happens this year. But don’t be mistaken, Zeke is worth more to this team than Dak Prescott is and will be paid like it. 

Brant Meeks