Will Zeke & Cowboys Come To Terms?

The biggest headline in the NFL today are the differences between the Dallas Cowboys and star running back Ezekiel Elliot. Elliot, who is under contract through 2020 is set to make $3.8 million this season and $9.09 next season.

Elliot, who has been spotted in Cabo San Lucas and is yet to report to camp, has informed the Cowboys that he will not play this season without a new contract. This is not a new development, as it has been reported that Elliot informed the Cowboys organization of this back in January.

One could imagine that considering how supportive Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been of Zeke despite his many off-the-field troubles, and Zeke's propensity to get in trouble when he's not on the field, this move may have still come as a surprise to the organization.

Zeke ran for 1,434 yards and 6 touchdowns in 2018. He also caught 77 passes for 567 yards and 3 touchdowns. In his three seasons with Dallas since he was drafted, he has run for 4,048 yards and 28 touchdowns and caught 135 passes for 1,199 yards and 6 touchdowns.
It's no question that Zeke is an integral part of this offense.

The Cowboys are willing to make Zeke a deal, but not at the expense of the rest of the team. The Cowboys are also in talks with Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper for extensions on their deal.

Jadeveon Clowney and the Houston Texans have been unable to find an agreement suitable for both sides. Clowney was franchise tagged by the Texans. Here's the kicker: Houston tagged Clowney as a linebacker to save roughly $1.7 million.

Jadeveon Clowney, who played 729 snaps at the defense end versus 33 at linebacker last season was understandably displeased. This is clearly a dishonest way to get around having to pay a player what they're entitled to. We should expect to see a grievance filed by the NFL Players Association in response to the action.

Clowney has been a consistent force for the Texans. He's coming of his third consecutive Pro Bowl and is third in the NFL with 53 tackles for loss over the past three seasons.

Michael Crabtree, who was signed by the Baltimore Ravens to a three-year deal last season, was released after just one season with the team. Crabtree dropped eight passes throughout the year including a potentially game-altering pass in overtime against Cleveland. He also caught his fewest passes in a full season since his rookie season ('09).

The Cardinals offered Crabtree a deal after seeing him work out, but the two sides couldn't reach an agreement.

Crabtree, 31, is clearly on the decline. He may get another shot, but those dropped passes last year will certainly affect his bargaining power.