Ezekiel Elliott is “booked in” to the Cowboys for the foreseeable future, to use the language of Dallas owner Jerry Jones. In an interview on CNBC, which focuses on finance rather than sports (though it’s harder to separate the two these days), Jones called Elliott “arguably our best player.”
Jones obviously argues the side of Elliott in that imagined debate, since the owner acquiesced to Elliott’s holdout demands and gave the dynamic Dallas running back a 6-year $90 million contract extension. That puts Elliott under the Cowboys roof for eight years in all and pays him $105 million for the privilege if all goes right. ($50 million is guaranteed money.)
Players on the Cowboys whose agents might argue the other side of the “arguably best player” contention are superstar quarterback Dak Prescott. Jones said he was “not trying to be unfair to anybody else. But [Elliott] an incremental part to our success.”
The Cowboys selected Elliott with the No. 4 overall pick in 2016 out of Ohio State. Those looking at his new deal have to wonder what he would have gotten from Jones if he was “inarguably” the Cowboys best player.