Insert rookie Tony Pollard. With Elliott holding out, Pollard got the start in Dallas’ win over the Los Angeles Rams in the second week of exhibition action. Pollard finished with 42 rushing yards on five carries and even scored one touchdown in the 14-10 win.
Asked if Pollard is the Cowboys’ bargaining chip in contract negotiations with the Elliott, Jerry Jones replied: “Who? Now Zeke who?”
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Jerry Jones Talks Tony Pollard
Jerry Jones is intrigued by pairing Pollard and Elliott together.
“What’s amazing for him is to come in here and he hadn’t done that much,” Jones told Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News on Pollard.
“He knows exactly what to do and he knows how to do it. If he goes out there and he plays to that level he’s going to be [at] for the next several weeks, he’s going to be right in the middle of it early. That will really complement what we’re doing with Zeke, not replace that, I mean that, not replace it. Nobody is getting cute here, certainly be a great compliment to have a great running game where I can picture those guys [having] success at the same time out there really giving the defense some fits.”
For those keeping score at home: Elliott, the NFL’s leading rusher has two years remaining on his rookie contract and is scheduled to make a base salary of $3.8 million this season, per Spotrac.
Emmitt Smith Talks Ezekiel Elliott’s Future
Elliott will make $9.09 million in 2020 on that deal. He had until August 7th to earn his benefits for this season.
For those tardy to the party: While Elliott continues to hold out, the Saint Louis, Missouri native is not set to become an unrestricted free agent until 2021.
Emmitt Smith discussed the matter with Voice of the Fans’ Cameron Buford. He has perspective too. Now an NFL Hall of Famer, Smith who led the league in rushing in 1992, didn’t participate in the Cowboys’ training camp and missed the first two weeks of the regular in 1993.
“I think the Cowboys should pay him,” Emmit Smith told Voice of the Fans’ Cameron Buford.
Smith added more context on Elliott via a transcription provided by sports and entertainment journalist, Landon Buford.
“I think if you look at the scheme of things where things are today, leverage is the most important thing that we all have,” said Smith.
“You lose leverage, you lose opportunity. The Cowboys have leverage, they are going to lessen your opportunity. So, you have to strike while the iron is hot. There are so many options that the Cowboys have that he doesn’t have. Everyone in the world wants to talk about what he should do because they are not in his position. As a former player when are in that position when you have leverage you need to take advantage of the opportunity. I think people are going to test how far he is willing to go like they did with Le’Veon Bell. How far are you willing to go.”