The Cowboys messed up Ezekiel Elliott's first deal by giving him too much money and putting in guarantees that made it impossible to get rid of him before this year.
Stephen Jones, a Cowboys executive, told Jori Epstein of Yahoo Sports this week why the team didn't offer Elliott a lower deal before letting him go.
Stephen Jones said, "The last thing we want to do is insult a player, especially a great player like Zeke, who was one of the best players to ever wear a Cowboys uniform." "There are things to think about when making an offer."
No one has been tied to Elliott in a good way. Last week, ESPN put out a story that was cleverly written to make it seem like the Jets, Bengals, and Eagles had all made offers to Elliott.
This isn't how things were meant to go. Elliott was expected to find out how much other teams valued him at the Scouting Combine.
Stephen Jones said, "Sometimes the best thing is to let them see what the market is like." "When you talk about great players—and this is what makes them great—they think a lot, but not in a selfish way.