Jerry Jones On Ezekiel Elliott’s Six-Year Contract: “I’m $100 Million Lighter This Morning”
Now that Jadeveon Clowney ended up in Seattle, the last big holdover story of the offseason came to a close this week as Elliott signed a six-year, $100 million dollar contract on Wednesday.
Elliott’s agent stated that his client and the Dallas Cowboys were close to a suitable deal.
“I think Zeke is showing he’s committed by coming back to Dallas,” said Rocky Arceneaux, Elliott’s agent, “We didn’t come here not to do a deal. We’re talking. They’re committed and we’re committed. That’s why we are here.”
All smiles, Jones went on TV and poked fun at his signing by stating, “my pockets are now $100 million dollars lighter as of this morning.”
Jerry Jones on the Ezekiel Elliott contract extension: “I just turned my pockets out, upstairs. It means I’m $100M lighter this morning.”
— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) September 4, 2019
The rocky start to the negotiations between the Cowboys and Elliott stem from comments made back at the end of last NFL season, when Jones expressed his thoughts on the diminishing importance of a running back needed to win a Super Bowl.
Last month, Jones went on to joke with a reporter who asked him about negotiations with Elliott.
“Zeke who?” He joked. Apparently, Elliott and Arceneaux did not appreciate the joke.
Yes, Jerry Jones said “Zeke who”, when asked if Tony Pollard is his “best negotiator”.
But… this is the full “Zeke who?” sound bite from Jerry, complete with the necessary context of his follow-up to the joke, saying the #Cowboys need both Zeke Elliott and Tony Pollard. pic.twitter.com/yDiZnlwwke
— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) August 18, 2019
Elliott’s condition and fitness to play has yet to be announced, yet concerns have arisen since he hasn’t been at training camp. The season set to begin for the Cowboys on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. EST against the New York Giants.