The Dallas Cowboys have a difficult decision to make, should they extend one of their key players to a big money deal?
No, we’re not talking about Dak Prescott or Amari Cooper, those guys are both rolling towards new deals.
This is about the conundrum of Ezekiel Elliott; what should the Cowboys do with the two-time rushing champion? According to reports early in the week, the team was heading towards a new deal to make him the top paid running back in the league.
Then came the news that Elliott was handcuffed and released at a music event in Las Vegas last week for pushing over a security guard. The video is out there, most fans have seen it by now, and although Zeke didn’t really do much, it doesn’t paint him in a flattering light. The well-known football player needs to make better decisions and stay out of these types of situations.
With the recent news involving Elliott, what should the Cowboys do? Elliott is clearly one of the best running backs in the NFL and the Cowboys highly depend on him to help this offense run the right way. They drafted him fourth overall and have built most of what they want to do around Elliott, he is their workhorse and the straw that stirs the drink. Without Elliott, the offense just isn’t as scary, we only need to look back to the 2018 season to see how they fluttered without him.
On the other hand, Elliott’s career has been marred with incidents. The domestic violence accusations, the pulling of the young lady’s shirt down on St. Patrick’s Day, the alleged punching of a night club DJ, and now this latest confrontation. Can the Cowboys count on a player that is just one wrong move away from another lengthy suspension?
Also consider the position Elliott plays, a spot at where most believe the production can be duplicated by almost anyone if things are schemed correctly and the offensive line does their job. Running backs don’t have the shelf life that other players have and using up a lot of your salary cap dollars on one, even a great player like Zeke is wasted.
There is no denying that Elliott is one of the game’s best players, and he deserves to be compensated as such. However, does it have to be by the Cowboys, would control Elliott for at least two more years at a reasonable cost?
The Cowboys appear ready to pay Ezekiel Elliott, but we have to wonder if the latest incident cast more doubt on the team giving him a long-term deal.
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