Ezekiel Elliot reportedly wants a new deal. Melvin Gordon also wants a new deal. It appears like All-Pro running backs wants a new deal. Let focus on Elliot and Gordon. Will Elliot hold out? Let us figure out the running back with the highest chances of landing the contract first.
He has a one year left on his rookie deal. He is ready for an extended deal and does not wish to play the coming season and risk injury. The Sports Injury Predictor put him at medium injury risk.
The limiting factors about Gordon is that he isn’t the centerpiece of the team. He has an injury history and that he disappeared towards the ends of last season. He also signed a massive extension before the previous year. Also, most running backs don’t get a long term deal unless they are best. Chargers also have a better running back to target, the likes of Joey Bosa.
He has two years left on his deal. He was also drafted a little higher than Gordon. He is a regular part of Cowboys offense. He has less injury history and is listed at medium risk of injury. He has two years left on his rookie contract.
The problem that Elliot is facing for his deal with Cowboys is that two players have contracts before his deal ends. Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper will both need new deals. Dallas won’t let Amari walk away given that they gave up the first-round pick to get him.
On the other hand, Elliot is vital to Dallas offense, Prescott isn’t good enough without Elliot. He is one of the best running back in the game.
The negative side of Elliot is that he is in the habit of getting into trouble outside the field. He has been suspended, and this means that the NFL won’t tolerate him in any future misconduct.
Elliot deal seems to be more favored because of his importance in the team. Though it’s a delicate matter, the Cowboys can contract Prescott first then come into terms with either Elliot or Cooper.
Gordon will likely get traded before he receives any long term deal with the Chargers.