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Cowboys VP Stephen Jones Says He Thinks ‘Things Will Get Done’ with RB Ezekiel Elliott

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones spoke on 105.3 The Fan on Friday basically talking about the latest with deals for the big three – Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper, stating that there’s not been much activity lately on all three.

One piece of good news is that Jones seems to think that things are going in the right direction with Elliott, who remains a holdout.

“We feel confident things will get done,” Jones said on his radio show. “Things happen real quick, sometime within hours.”

Jones said publicly two weeks ago that the team’s offer to Elliott was in the top-two at his position, topping Le’Veon Bell but behind Todd Gurley as Bell’s deal re-set the market. Nothing has changed since then.

“I don’t think we’re close, because there’s not a lot of activity,” Jones said. “Right now I wouldn’t say that I feel anything’s imminent.”

Gurley’s deal averages $14.4 million per season, while Bell’s annual average is $13.1 million.

Elliott wants to become the highest-paid running back in football.

But Jones reiterated Friday that the Cowboys aren’t going to be market-setters because they can’t afford to be.

“We just can’t go to a place like that,” Jones said on The Fan, via Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News.

Sporting News Picks the NFL 2019 Division Winners – Where Do the Cowboys Land?

It’s that time of the year when national pundits start to look ahead and pick records for teams around the league, as well as pick the winners of the divisions.

Sporting News is out with their 2019 predictions, and they have their picks in for the NFC East.

The longtime company picks the Cowboys to take not only the division, but make it all the way to the Super Bowl before losing to the Chiefs. The company says the Cowboys will take the East with a mark of 12-4.

Coming in second they have the Eagles with a mark of 11-5, one game back of the Cowboys.

The Giants and Redskins come in third and last in the NFC East each with a record of 4-12.

Here’s the complete rundown of who Sporting News likes along with the Super Bowl teams.

Cowboys DE Robert Quinn Suffers a Fractured Hand in Practice

Cowboys defensive end Robert Quinn fractured his hand during practice in Oxnard, California and is heading back to Dallas to have surgery, Jelani Scott of reports.

Quinn, 29, is still expected to be ready for the regular season opener against the Giants on September 8, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told reporters, per ESPN’s Todd Archer.

The Cowboys acquired Quinn from the Dolphins on March 28 in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round pick. In his lone season in Miami, Quinn started all 16 games and led the team in sacks (6.5). He also added 38 total tackles and two forced fumbles.

Ezekiel Elliott’s Reps Say He Won’t Play in the Regular Season Without a New Deal

Things are starting to get a little sticky when it comes to the case involving the Cowboys and running back Ezekiel Elliott.

ESPN’s Josina Anderson reports that representatives for Elliott have told the Cowboys that he will not play during the 2019 season without a new contract.

The source added that at this time, it is not likely that Elliott’s holdout continues into the regular season, based on the belief that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants to get a new deal done before the regular season opener.

How a deal gets done with Elliott is complicated, as the team is already working on new deals for quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper.

Speaking Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, executive vice president Stephen Jones said he does not believe there is enough momentum to finalize deals with Prescott, Cooper or Elliott while the Cowboys are in Oxnard, California, for training camp.

“We’ve been generous on our offer,” Jones said of Elliott’s contract.

The fact that the running back is staying away is not a good sign, and it sounds like the situation is going to get a lot worse than better.

Video: ESPN First Take – Cowboys will ‘Blink first’ and Pay Ezekiel Elliott

ESPN’s Max Kellerman contends that the Cowboys will cave in and pay running back Ezekiel Elliott the money he wants in order to end Elliott’s holdout.

Cowboys RG Zack Martin to Miss a Few Days with an Ailing Back

Cowboys right guard Zack Martin will undergo and MRI on his injured back according to Jon Machota of The Athletic, and the team says he will miss a couple of days of action.

This explains why Martin was not present for the team’s walkthrough on Friday. Head coach Jason Garrett downplayed the seriousness of the injury, claiming the decision to go for an MRI was merely a precaution.

“He’s moving around fine, but the [athletic trainers] just want to look into it,” said Garrett.

Xavier Su’a-Filo worked as the starting right guard in Martin’s absence Friday but any prolonged absence by one of the best guards in the NFL would be bad news for the Cowboys O-line.

Amari Cooper Staying Focused on Football, Not a New Deal from the Cowboys

When it comes to wanting a new deal from the Cowboys, wide out Amari Cooper is saying all the right things.

The star receiver spoke Friday at Cowboys camp, and was asked about the latest player to get a monster deal at the receiver spot, that being the Saints Michael Thomas.

Thomas got a five-year extension on his deal on Wednesday worth $100 million dollars, with $61 million guaranteed. Cooper is due up for a deal, but says right now he’s not worried about it.

“Yeah, I’m just not anxious about the contract,” Cooper said via ESPN.

“For some reason, it’s just not on my mind. I’m more interested in about just playing football.”

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he didn’t see any difference so far in Cooper as he continues to stay focused on the task at hand for 2019.

“He wants to make sure he’s doing everything he can to get himself right to be the best player he can be,” Garrett said.

“Obviously, there’s a business side of football. We all understand that, but his focus is what he needs to do on the field to get better.

” think he’s embracing the opportunity to be with us through the offseason and through training camp to lay the foundation. Obviously, he was very impactful for us last year, but that was half a year coming midyear.”

Cooper was acquired from the Raiders in mid-season in 2018, and in nine games pulled in 53 passes for 725 yards and six touchdowns.

Should the Cowboys Look to Trade Ezekiel Elliott if They Don’t Pay Him?

Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman, and Domonique Foxworth discuss whether the Dallas Cowboys should trade Ezekiel Elliott if they aren’t willing to pay him the money he wants.