The Dallas Cowboys are supposedly offering to make Ezekiel Elliott the second-highest paid running back in the NFL, yet there are a few reasons the 24-year-old may not take the deal.
The revealed new deal would be greater than Le’Veon Bell signed with the New York Jets ($52.5 million with $35 million ensured) and not as much as Todd Gurley ($60 million, $45 million ensured) signed with the Los Angeles Rams as the top paid running back in the league. Elliott has been missing from team duties amidst the agreement negotiation and is at present working out in Mexico.
On Kanell and Bell, Tommy Tran and Raja Bell sat down to talk about the pros and cons for Elliott with regard to taking any deal from the Cowboys that does not make him the highest-paid at his position. “I have mixed emotions about this. I can see a case for him taking it… I can make for him not taking the deal,” Bell says on Elliott, who has two years left on his current deal.
Bell likewise plays devils advocate with his very own argument, taking the other side and saying, “If you regard yourself as the best running back in the league, or one of the top three, which I think most people would say he is… you want to continue to set the market, you don’t want to take less than [Gurley] got.”
He takes note of that in no other position in football do players aim lower than the last significant deal and think that not taking it could hurt future negotiations for running backs. “There’s a case to be made for not taking less than Todd Gurley got because they will continue to low ball you guys and continue to reverse the market on you,” Bell says there is a case not to take it to attempt to ensure the RB position.
Whichever way Bell considers it a success for Elliott given the absence of leverage he had with his team coming into the offseason with two years staying on his current contract.