Ezekiel Elliott delivers interesting retweet amid holdout
Ezekiel Elliott remains a holdout amid a contract dispute with the Dallas Cowboys, but his recent activity on social media certainly provides insight into his thought process on how things could get resolved.
Elliott and the Cowboys are locked in a stalemate over the terms of his second NFL contract. While the running back is set to make only $3.85 million during the 2019 NFL season — well under market value — Elliott is eager to reset his long-term future with a new deal instead of playing out the final two years of his rookie contract.
Further, indications suggest Elliott is seeking to become the highest-paid running back in the NFL, supplanting Todd Gurley.
Longtime Cleveland Browns ironman offensive lineman Joe Thomas took to Twitter recently to lay out how things typically play out for top players when it comes to signing their second contract with the same team. Interestingly, Elliott retweeted it.
A notable retweet from Ezekiel Elliott. pic.twitter.com/NJUQtx5iIF— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 23, 2019
The safe assumption that Elliott fully agrees with Thomas’ assertion certainly does not bode well for the Cowboys, to say the least. A report earlier this week suggested the Cowboys made Elliott an offer that would make him the second highest-paid running back in the league.
Thomas later returned to Twitter to suggest Elliott should feel insulted by how the Cowboys are handling things.
If I am zeke, and the Cowboys send me an offer anything less or equal to Todd Gurley, it’s going straight to voicemail. They can’t honestly think he would accept anything less than to be the highest paid running back. It’s just an insult to even start anywhere below that number. https://t.co/QEbgXpIvkJ— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) August 22, 2019
All that said, word came on Friday that the contract impasse between Elliott and the Cowboys could be resolved as early as this coming weekend, but until pen is put to paper, nothing is certain. The fact that negotiations, when they have occurred, have been hampered by arguably toxic interplay between the parties has not helped things along at all.