Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott deserves ‘Todd Gurley’ contract as a bare minimum - Schrager
06 May 2019 23:26
That is the view of Good Morning Football co-host Peter Schrager.The Cowboys picked up Elliott’s fifth-year rookie option and although Dallas want to agree a new deal with the back, it appears there are others ahead of him in the current pecking order.This off-season the Cowboys have already agreed a $105million deal with pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence and it appears quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper are next in line for a new deal ahead of Elliott.However, Schrager believes the two-time NFL rushing yards leader should be getting $57.5m as a bare minimum - the same as what the Rams offered their running back Todd Gurley in 2018.
“Todd Gurley got $57.5m over four years from the Rams last off season,” Schrager said.“To me that is the bare minimum for Ezekiel Elliott.“He is Todd Gurley and that is what he should deserve.“But if you are paying him that can you still pay Dak Prescott $30m.
“He is everything Todd Gurely is and more.“He is what the Cowboys are.”Last season Elliott rushed for 1,434 yards off 304 carries and ran in six touchdowns off 15 games.Dallas executive vice president Stephen Jones stressed the importance of agreeing a deal with Elliott, but revealed the organisation still has time on its side."Well, I think those are all a work in progress," Jones said last week."Certainly we've got a couple years there with Zeke to get that done. We certainly want to get him done.“He's the straw, if you will, that stirs our drink. He's a key part of what we're about. Those things take time to get done.“They don't happen overnight. Certainly he's a priority in terms of ultimately getting him signed.
“There hasn't really been a timetable put on this."And although Schrager believes Elliott is worthy of a bumper contract, he warned that not everyone at Dallas can be given a big contract.“It’s a question about budget,” he said on GMFB.“They’ve got Dak Prescott to take care of, they have got Amari Cooper if they want to begin him back.“Not everyone can get paid top of the market.“Someone needs to take a dip.”