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Saturday, March 28, 2020

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.

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