Listen: Melvin Gordon Melvin Gordon, Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott discussed on The Big Podcast With Shaq
"N._F._l.. Holdouts used to be a big thing but changes in the collective bargaining agreement minimize the issue and now there seems to be one position that creates the most drama over the summer running back of course we had lady on bell all the entire season last year with the steelers reports now the chargers star Melvin Gordon not reporting to camp without a new contract. Mike Florio profootballtalk had the exclusive report that the cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott considering holding out ELT tricky spot running backs get the ball they get the glory not the way they used to but teams view them as more dispensable than they ever have. It's strange because you do rely on them. Some teams over rely rely on a running back other teams. It's running backs by committee. Look at the New England patriots but the wear and tear a lot of these teams look at running backs the way I would if I'm taking you in the first round. I'm going to use you up for five years. You I want that next contract and you probably earned the next contract but I've moved on to the next running back Melvin Gordon good player Zeke Elliott's a great player if teams are hesitant about paying them. I'm not sure Lesser Sir running backs. We'll even have a chance to get paid in today's N._F._l.. We always feel like oh well. You can get an Alvin Kamara. Well Yeah you can but then look at all the teams that passed on Alvin Kamara before the saints took yet also have Aftab good people who can recognize talent and maybe you can get a bargain. It's easy to go. Hey saquon Barkley looks like a pretty good running back Christian McCaffrey but then we have those running backs that slipped through the cracks Terrell Davis but was the fifth sixth round pick went into the hall of Fame Ezekiel. Elliott is going to get paid but I also look at the cowboys situation as different than Melvin Gordon Melvin Gordon says hey you know what I want to be here but if you don't want to pay me then I'm GonNa sit out okay sometimes when you sit out you realize as we found out with the rams when Todd Gurley sat out and all of a sudden you bring in a running back off the scrap heap that nobody else wanted and he's running for one hundred yards. You got to be careful because the cowboys have a great offensive line right considered the number one or two best offensive lines in football. I think that's fair assumption. You get somebody else in there. All of a sudden they start to crack open one hundred and twenty five yards per game and then all of a sudden you go all right you know as we found out what the steelers James Connor as much as I love Levian Bell steelers don't miss you if you look at the value God for James Connor over the the amount of money you were going to have to spend on lady on Bell steelers will take that any day got a bargain got a bargain for the next couple of years now. Is he later on bell. No can I use that money elsewhere. He's five years younger four years younger than lady on Bell and that's another thing with the cowboys. You'RE GONNA pay Dak Prescott you gave up a first round pick for Amari Cooper getting up to pay him and you're going to have to pay Ezekiel Elliott. This is the this might be the best year for the Dallas Cowboys to win the Super Bowl. Yeah might be breaking news there Paulie.."