By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN
In a cat and mouse game that took just about all of the offseason, the Dallas Cowboys and running back Ezekiel Elliot got his deal done, making him the highest-paid running back in the league.
Breaking: The deal is done. Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys have come to terms. Zeke is expected to be at practice this morning. pic.twitter.com/TBnMJEJzHX
— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) September 4, 2019
The Cowboys have now secured some major parts of their team that should be pretty secure for the next few years. While they still have a few more players to go, they’re well on their way.
Cowboys are on the verge of having this group of guys under contract for the next 3-5 seasons
— Young Skywalker ‘Luke Podtalker’ (@BecauseCowboys) September 3, 2019
Let’s take a look at that offensive line that Elliott will be running behind. The Cowboys just secured left tackle Lael Collins, they’ve got Pro Bowlers guard Zack Martin, Tyron Smith, and center Travis Fredrick. After having missed all last season due to complications from an illness Guillen-Barre syndrome, Fredrick will be back. They’re all under contract for the next few years. If there’s one thing that the Cowboys get, it’s that it all starts in the trenches with that offensive line.
After having secured Elliot, Collins and linebacker Jaylon Smith, there are a couple more pieces that they need to secure. The biggest being quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper. And while we hear things about salary caps, and not being able to pay everyone, former Washington and Denver offensive lineman, Mark Schlereth puts it perfectly:
That whole speech about there is only so many slices of pie that Jerry Jones gave in regards to new contracts..What he didn’t mention is it’s the worlds biggest pie. Don’t buy the salary cap poorhouse talk owners give there is always money if you’re willing to manipulate the cap
— mark schlereth (@markschlereth) September 4, 2019
Essentially, where there’s a will, there’s a way.
And we all know that despite a good Cat and Mouse game, Jerry Jones is willing and very much able, to make it happen.
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