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Jerry Jones throws Taco Charlton under the bus after waiving him

Taco Charlton

The Dallas Cowboys selected defensive lineman Taco Charlton in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, but it’s fair to say they were quite disillusioned with him by the time they placed him on waivers this week.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones did not mince words in explaining why the team opted to move on from Charlton after just over two seasons. Jones accused Charlton of wilting, and said he struggled to mentally recover after bad practices.

Ouch. Jones is known to be a straight shooter, but that’s a very harsh assessment of a former first-round selection.

The stats bear out that Charlton just didn’t contribute enough. After picking up three sacks in his rookie year, Charlton’s tally fell to one in 2018 despite seven starts. The production just wasn’t there, and the decision to move on is understandable. He’s since moved to Miami, where expectations are going to be a lot lower for both Charlton and the team.

Jerry Jones: Deal with Dak Prescott is ‘imminent’

Dak Prescott

Another key member of the Dallas Cowboys could be receiving a lucrative contract extension in the not-so-distant future.

Last week, the Cowboys locked up star running back Ezekiel Elliott for the foreseeable future with the richest running back contract in NFL history. Elliott’s backfield mate, Dak Prescott, could soon be joining him.

Following Sunday’s season-opening win against the division rival New York Giants, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said a new deal for the team’s franchise quarterback was “imminent.”

Prescott got his season off to a great start by completing 25-of-32 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns on the way to a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating. With Prescott, Elliott, and wide receiver Amari Cooper, the Cowboys have premier talent at the offensive skill positions. Jerry Jones is hoping to keep it that way for a while.

Ezekiel Elliott: Jerry Jones’ ‘Zeke who’ comment is ‘far behind us’

Jerry Jones

There are no hard feelings between Ezekiel Elliott and Jerry Jones.

Jones jokingly remarked “Zeke who?” after a standout preseason performance by rookie Tony Pollard in August, a remark that apparently upset some in Elliott’s camp. To Elliott himself, however, the remark is old news, and he added that he hadn’t taken anything said during negotiations personally.

Jones said several things publicly during the negotiation that could be taken as shots at Elliott. One of them prompted an admonishment from Elliott’s agent. Now that Elliott got the richest running back deal in history, however, it’s all water under the bridge.

Jerry Jones takes another shot at Ezekiel Elliott over contract situation

Jerry Jones

Jerry Jones is taking a hard-nosed approach to the contract negotiations between Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys, and he seems to make comments every day that could irritate the star running back.

During an appearance on 105.3 The Fan on Friday morning, Jones took a swipe at Elliott for not honoring his contract. When asked about signing Zeke long-term, Jones said one of his concerns would be that Elliott could just hold out again next year since “we’re not gonna honor contracts.”

That’s a clever way for Jones to try to put pressure on Elliott by making him look bad, but we all know that would not be the case. Elliott’s holdout has to do with the structure of his rookie contract, which most people would argue is unfair. He’s under contract with the Cowboys for two more years since he was a first-round pick, which gave the team the option of tacking a fifth year onto his deal. He’s arguably the best running back in football, but he is scheduled to make just $3.8 million this season and $9.1 million in 2020. The shelf life of a running back is extremely short, so Elliott is just trying to get a big guaranteed payday while he can.

Jones indicated on Thursday that he does not expect Elliott to be back by Week 1, and he’s done everything he can to make it seem like he is not bothered by the holdout. He could risk alienating Elliott by continuously talking about the situation in public.

Jerry Jones ‘accepts’ that Ezekiel Elliott will miss games this season

Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott is running out of time to report to the Dallas Cowboys before the regular season starts, and Jerry Jones seems to believe it’s getting to be too late.

Jones said after the Cowboys’ preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that he accepts Elliott will not be playing for the team in Week 1 and potentially beyond that.

The Cowboys have gone through training camp and the preseason without Elliott, so they have prepared to play without him. Tony Pollard looks like a legit weapon and will likely see major action as long as Elliott is out.

Elliott is due to make just $3.8 million this year and $9.1 million next year. He’s likely seeking to be paid closer to the level of compensation Todd Gurley received from the Rams.

When will Elliott report to the Cowboys? It’s unclear at this point, but Week 6 seems to be a timeline that might make sense.

Jerry Jones tells crowd at luncheon Cowboys will have Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones continues to project confidence that the team will have Ezekiel Elliott in the fold in 2019.

Speaking to the audience at the team’s kickoff luncheon Wednesday, Jones pledged that the Cowboys “will have [Elliott] on the field,” though he didn’t offer many specifics.

Jones added, however, that there is nothing new to report on the Elliott front at this point.

Jones had said earlier Wednesday that the Cowboys’ priority was having Elliott for the playoffs. He’s consistently projected optimism that something will get done, but the lack of contact recently between the two sides indicates that it’s increasingly unlikely that anything gets done before the start of the regular season. Where things go from that point is anyone’s guess.

Jerry Jones: Cowboys want Ezekiel Elliott back for the playoffs

Ezekiel Elliott

Jerry Jones is doing his best to maintain leverage in the ongoing contract negotiations with Ezekiel Elliott, and that includes talking like he would be be perfectly fine with the star running back missing the majority of the season.

In his weekly appearance on 105.3 The Fan Wednesday, Jones reiterated that the Cowboys are prepared to play games without Elliott. He also made sure to note that Elliott is currently under contract, but he said the goal is to have him back for the playoffs.

The Cowboys obviously want Elliott on the field for Week 1, and it would be shocking if he missed the entire regular season. That said, he has that option. Because Elliott’s rookie contract contains a fifth year, he does not need to report at all this year in order to become eligible for unrestricted free agency next offseason. Reporting by the deadline next year would give him a fourth season accrued toward free agency, which is all a player needs.

There have been reports that Elliott and the Cowboys are not that far apart in contract talks, and most people believe Jones will eventually cave and pay his superstar. Although Jones may have offended Elliott with a remark he made about the situation recently, Zeke just wants financial security. If the Cowboys are willing to make him the highest-paid running back in football, there will almost certainly be no hard feelings.