Does Ezekiel Elliott think he should be the highest-paid running back in the NFL?
If you put any stock in what tweets he’s liking, it sure seems like it.
The Cowboys running back liked a tweet from former Browns tackle Joe Thomas which suggested Elliott may be due a contract bigger than that of Rams back Todd Gurley simply because of how contracts normally work in the NFL.
“Throughout the course of NFL history, if you are the best player at your position (or clearly one of the best) when you re-sign a second contract with the team that drafted you, you usually beat the highest paid current contract at your position by 15 to 20 (percent),” Thomas wrote.
A notable retweet from Ezekiel Elliott. pic.twitter.com/NJUQtx5iIF
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 23, 2019
Thomas has a point. Just about every time a player signs a contract he gets more than the last player at his position signed for. Michael Thomas got a $96.25 million deal after Odell Beckham Jr. got $90 million and Russell Wilson got $140 million after Aaron Rodgers got $134 million.
Players have also asked for their contracts to be restructured after signing deals and seeing others get bigger contracts when they might not be as decorated.
The Cowboys reportedly offered Elliott a deal this offseason that would have made him the second highest-paid running back in the NFL, according to ESPN. That deal would have made him more than Le’Veon Bell but less than Gurley.
Sources: The most recent offer in negotiations between holdout Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys came from the team. Elliott has been offered a contract making him one of the NFL’s 2 highest-paid RB. That would suggest team offering more than LeVeon Bell and less than Todd Gurley.
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) August 22, 2019
He turned it down.
Elliott may very well be looking for more money than Gurley. Will he ask for 15 to 20 percent more? That remains to be seen. But if the report from ESPN is true and you put stock into his social media likes, he very well could be looking to be the highest-paid running back in the NFL.