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  • The Date to Know in the Zeke Holdout


    By Pat Doney

    Published Jul 26, 2019 at 5:12 PM | Updated at 6:05 PM CDT on Jul 26, 2019

    If Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott does not arrive in Oxnard by Aug. 6 it may be a while before he shows up. (Published Friday, July 26, 2019)

    There is one potential date you need to know in the Ezekiel Elliott holdout from training camp while the Cowboys star running back tries to land a new contract with Dallas.

    That date is Aug. 6, and here's why it matters.

    If the Cowboys and Zeke cannot come to a contract extension agreement in the next two years – and he is under contract with Dallas for two more years – he would obviously want to become an unrestricted free agent at that point.

    That would allow him the opportunity to get as much money as he possibly can on the free market. That makes sense.

    But, under the collective bargaining agreement, a player needs to have four years of service to become a free agent in the NFL. And this is the important part -- in order for a season to count toward a player's "years of service," that player has to be at training camp 30 days before the regular season begins.

    So, if Elliott does not arrive in Oxnard by Aug. 6 – which is 30 days before the Cowboys first game against the Giants – that means this year will not count as one of his four seasons of service, even if he shows up later in the month and plays all 16 regular season games.

    Zeke only has three years of service. So if he holds out this summer, that means – if he's still seeking a new contract next summer, he will not be able to hold out then – or he will lose free agency.

    In other words, he can do a long hold out this year or next year but not both.

    Which is why Aug. 6 is the date to watch. If Zeke does not arrive in California by that date, he likely will not be showing up to play for the Cowboys for a long time this season.
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  • #2
    One more reason why holding out this year would be colossally stupid.
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    • #3
      Dude just needs another week for the weed to flush out his system.

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      • #4
        Zeke's approaching full blown douche status

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        • #5
          Yep. This kids head is much bigger than his hair. Some may think he is doing the right thing but if that were so why enter into another contract with him. He isn’t even keeping the terms of his current one.
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          • #6
            There aren't many players you could say this about, but without Zeke, Jerry can kiss this season good-bye.

            Zeke is first downs when you need them, Zeke is a threat to break a big play anytime, Zeke is a really good pass blocker, Zeke is a pretty damn good receiver. Zeke takes pressure off Dak. Take all those things away and you're looking at an 8 - 8 season, at best. That's Zeke's leverage.

            It's a game of chicken. See who blinks first.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by deadrise View Post
              There aren't many players you could say this about, but without Zeke, Jerry can kiss this season good-bye.

              Zeke is first downs when you need them, Zeke is a threat to break a big play anytime, Zeke is a really good pass blocker, Zeke is a pretty damn good receiver. Zeke takes pressure off Dak. Take all those things away and you're looking at an 8 - 8 season, at best. That's Zeke's leverage.

              It's a game of chicken. See who blinks first.
              Unless Zeke can take this team to the SB then he has no one over the barrel. Unless Jones believes he can then Elliot has no leverage because that would be the only reason why Jones should meet his demands. The Cowboys can have a decent season with a lot of RBs but unless Elliot is the savior I would tell him to keep on holding out and fine him to get some of the money back.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by p1_ View Post
                But, under the collective bargaining agreement, a player needs to have four years of service to become a free agent in the NFL. And this is the important part -- in order for a season to count toward a player's "years of service," that player has to be at training camp 30 days before the regular season begins.

                For some reason I thought players could hold out into the the regular season, around week 6 or 7, and still receive credit for a year of service.

                I seem to remember that being the case for some recent holdouts.

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                • #9
                  Just looked it up and what I was thinking of only applies to unsigned players who've had the franchise tag placed on them. Players in that category have to play at least six games to receive credit for a year of service.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by L.T. Fan View Post

                    Unless Zeke can take this team to the SB then he has no one over the barrel. Unless Jones believes he can then Elliot has no leverage because that would be the only reason why Jones should meet his demands. The Cowboys can have a decent season with a lot of RBs but unless Elliot is the savior I would tell him to keep on holding out and fine him to get some of the money back.
                    I tend to agree with you. And the holdout wouldn't give me extra motivation to get a deal done. If anything that's a bit of a turnoff to me. Unfortunately Jerry doesn't think that way. It's why he has already sent an offer over and I expect Zeke to get a new deal before the start of the season.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 1bigfan13 View Post


                      For some reason I thought players could hold out into the the regular season, around week 6 or 7, and still receive credit for a year of service.

                      I seem to remember that being the case for some recent holdouts.
                      Yep, Zeke can hold out until he is blue in the face and it won't get him any closer to free agency.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 1bigfan13 View Post
                        Just looked it up and what I was thinking of only applies to unsigned players who've had the franchise tag placed on them. Players in that category have to play at least six games to receive credit for a year of service.
                        Players have to be in camp for a certain amount of time before the first game to get a year of FA eligibility. If Zeke comes to camp too late this season will not count towards UFA.
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                        • #13
                          For those that don’t know, you have to have 4 years of active play time after being drafted before you’re eligible for UFA. Holding out can hamper that with deadlines like I illustrated above.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Iamtdg View Post
                            For those that don’t know, you have to have 4 years of active play time after being drafted before you’re eligible for UFA. Holding out can hamper that with deadlines like I illustrated above.
                            It's why Jaylon Smith won't hit free agency when his contract expires. He will be restricted.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Iamtdg View Post

                              Players have to be in camp for a certain amount of time before the first game to get a year of FA eligibility. If Zeke comes to camp too late this season will not count towards UFA.
                              I'm sure his agent has made him aware of any of these dates. He needs to get his due while he still can. Otherwise the team will just run him into the ground and then use it against him in negotiations. Just a position that isn't valued like it once was. Players of his caliber don't grow on trees either.
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