Published: Sun, August 11, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

No surprise here: Le'Veon Bell supports Ezekiel Elliott's holdout

No surprise here: Le'Veon Bell supports Ezekiel Elliott's holdout

Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones says Le'Veon Bell's deal with the New York Jets re-set the market for running backs.

Elliott still has two years and close to $13 million left on his deal.

As one of the most demanding positions in the game, elite running backs are often paid handsomely before they can reach free agency. Players need four accrued seasons to earn unrestricted free agent status, and Elliott has played three and has two remaining on his current contract.

Elliott might not be Dallas' most important player, but he is nearly certainly their best player.

Of course, with Elliott holding out, the Cowboys are missing the centerpiece of their offense, and without him, they probably are not Super Bowl contenders. For 2019, Elliott's base salary is just under $3.9 million. Elliott might get what he wants before the season starts-the Cowboys insist they have a strong offer on the table right now-but if he doesn't, he's right to hold out.

It's not a great sign for Elliott, who wants a contract in the neighborhood of Todd Gurley: $57.5 million over four years with $45 million guaranteed. The Cowboys are working on extensions with Elliott, Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper this summer.

Dallas Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott (21) evades pressure from Cincinnati Bengals' Dre Kirkpatrick (27) and Vontaze Burfict (55) in as Elliott carries the ball in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Arlington, Texas.

While Elliott might be ready to miss meaningful games, it would be surprising if the 24-year-old isn't with the Cowboys in Week 1 of the regular season.

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