I kind of always hate this argument. It's the equivalent of saying because you have a high paying job you shouldn't try to get what the fair market value dictates you should simply because other people are making less/have worse jobs than you. I feel like the whole American financial system would collapse if every time anyone asked for a raise their boss said "go flip burgers."
Yes, Jerry Jones can cut Zeke at any time for any reason. Zeke still gets the $50 million guaranteed which was why it was so important for him to get the new contract because otherwise he was guaranteed like 1/5th of that if he were to be cut after the first game because he shredded both knees.
My point was there isn't a single owner in the NFL that hasn't gone back on multiple contracts he has executed just this year alone. You want Zeke to take the moral high ground when literally everyone he is dealing with on the other side is not following that same code of morals. My other point was Zeke did not really have a choice as to the terms of the current contract he was playing under (slotting system) so he isn't really going against a contract he was super excited to sign in the first place.
It seems you want Zeke to stand on the mountain top while literally every other owner, player, NFL personnel person, etc. plays in the mud. To me that isn't so much moral integrity as it is stupidity.
I can with about 99% certainty say you've never met Ezekiel Elliott so you have absolutely no clue what the quality of his character is and for the record nor do I. However, I don't try to hold my sports stars up as my hero's and role model's as I have real life people for that so your correct the quality of their character is not my biggest concern. Obviously murder, rape, etc. can cross that line, but getting drunk a few times, bumping into security guards, yelling at someone, etc. isn't really a line crosser for me.
You also did not address why you compared Zeke and Aaron Hernandez? You drew a straight line comparison between the two as if they're similar sets of circumstances? I think it is a widely inappropriate and inaccurate comparison to make. Care to explain it?
You just compared Aaron Hernandez and Zeke. I think that says all anyone needs to know about you. Multiple murders is the same as bumping into a security guard in your mind. Got it.
I'm confused. Instead of getting six years, 90 million, and 50 million guaranteed you would rather have had three years, 45 million, 25 million guaranteed? If I ever start a company I'm definitely looking to hire you first. I feel our salary conversations will go very smoothly.
You don't care about former Buckeyes? You have no respect for greats that have built this program into what it is today? That's very disrespectful in my opinion.
Well then I assume you would honor every contract you signed with a player. So while 31 other NFL teams are cutting players that started sucking because their contracts aren't guaranteed, you would have all those players on your roster and be looking 0-16 in the face rather consistently. You would also apparently be the only NFL owner that would argue FOR guaranteed contracts every offseason pretty much ostracizing yourself for the only other 31 men in the world that could possibly like you. These reasons and the fact you're not a billionaire are likely just some of the many reasons you are not an NFL owner.
Also on another point Zeke didn't really get to pick and choose a lot of the aspects of the current contract he was playing under as it's part of a slotting system put in place for NFL rookies, where they get drafted, and what position they play. Zeke would have certainly voted against this rule being put in place, but obviously since he was in high school when it was implemented he didn't have any choice in the matter.
What's a Buckeye grant?
BYU has won a National Championship more recently than Georgia.
The franchise tag is fine for any position except RB. The tag pays the player average of top five salaries at your position which is very fair, but there are a number of problems with it especially when it comes to RB's. There is no signing bonus associated with the franchise tag nor any guaranteed money beyond that one season. RB's in the NFL can honestly fall off a cliff in a matter of games, let alone one full season/year, so it is very important for them to get either a hefty guaranteed signing bonus up front or some money guaranteed down the road if God forbid the worst happened such as a career-ending or career-altering injury.
The one thing many fail to realize about NFL running backs is that the vast majority of them never see a third contract. Their first deal is their rookie deal which if they are as good a player as Zeke has been since day one pays them a lot less than what their talent dictates their market value should be. The second contract is the major contract for them. They need to get it as soon as possible and they need to get as much guaranteed money in it as possible. Zeke figures his stock could not be any higher than it is right now (considered easily a top 5 back in the league) so it's time to cash in.
To answer the second part, the only way the Cowboys could use Zeke's money elsewhere would be to cut him. If he sits out they obviously don't have to pay him, but his deal still counts against the cap. Basically it means the Cowboys lose their best player and can't use any of the money their saving to find replacements. Knowing someone like Jerry Jones I just can't imagine him actively making his team non-competitive for two years to simply prove a point.
At least Michael Thomas is one of the best in the world at what he does and is basically irreplaceable by another human being.
Now if you want to go after someone that has wasted millions and millions of dollars that could have gone to other much more well-deserving people look no further than our former Michigan buddy Dave Brandon who is a complete an utter failure every single place he has been. Talk about not being able to fathom how a person can be a multi-millionaire.
As long as Le'Veon Bell doesn't come back awful this year he has set the new precedent for RB's. That precedent will be that it is ok for RB's to sit out full seasons because their shelf life is so short to begin with. Great rookie RB's are completely screwed by the NFL. They are given rookie deals for four years (in which if they're above average players they will easily outperform every season) and a team option for a fifth year. Throw in two years of the franchise tag and any elite RB supposedly has no leverage for seven years (which is on the extreme high end of a RB's entire career shelf life). Oh not to mention an NFL team can cut that player at any time if they aren't performing and not pay them the full amount of the already bad contract.
A running back like Zeke (who has potential Hall Of Famer written all over him) should not play another down without a significant monetary commitment from the Cowboys regarding his future with the team. That basically means they need to work an extension so he can get the huge signing bonus (the only thing in NFL contracts that is guaranteed).
Jerry Jones loves winning. The Cowboys will not win without Zeke on this current team and Zeke knows it. It's a battle he is destined to win, it's just a matter of how long it will take the Cowboys to cave.
By far the best post in this thread.
You are too. Oh sorry if that's mean, I thought we were just making ridiculous statements about people we don't know at all.
A suspension that the lead investigator for the NFL, a well-respected former DA, did not recommend. In fact, the lead investigator who was the only person to interview Tiffany Thompson on the NFL's behalf recommended no suspension for Zeke. So because Roger Goodell is a power-hungry moron who can suspend any NFL player at any time, for any reason, Zeke shouldn't hold out for a new contract (contracts in the NFL that aren't guaranteed by the team)?
We are linked a story about Zeke possibly being the target for extortion and your recommendation is to suspend him for a year. That seems to be quite the overreaction, don't you think?
Here is my new starting lineup:
C: K. Wesson
SG: Ahrens (Not the most talented, but by far the highest IQ player on the team and since no one is really that talented mise well play a smart, effort player.)
PG: Jackson (I don't want to start him for obvious reasons, but since only he or Woods can play the point I'd rather have Jackson because at least he can hit a couple shots once every five or so games.)
10th: A. Wesson
Issues with the basketball team: everything! I'm not sure I can remember a basketball game I have been more disappointed with. It's one thing to not be very good, but the lack of effort, discipline, and just overall awareness is inexcusable. I have a lot of faith in Chris Holtmann, but there needs to be massive changes going forward to even make this team watchable. Very disappointed is pretty much all I can say.
You're passive aggressive.
No one disagrees that the Ohio State brand is bigger than any one coach or player, but that shouldn't mean they're allowed to treat coaches or players unfairly while they are here.