Report: Stephen Jones Says Cowboys Budgeted To Pay Ezekiel Elliott "Significant Contract"

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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Cowboys COO Stephen Jones had a lot to say when he addressed the media at the NFL combine in Indianapolis Tuesday. 
In addition to discussing the futures of DeMarcus Lawrence and Dak Prescott, Jones said the team is prepared to pay Ezekiel Elliott like one of the best backs in the NFL. 

“Well, I mean we’ve got it budgeted that we’re going to pay Zeke a significant contract at some point,” he said. "He’s right there at the top with the best of the business, if not the best. We saw what Gurley got paid, and that’s probably where it starts, and we’ll go from there.”

Todd Gurley signed a four-year, $60 million deal with with the Los Angeles Ram last summer. 

Speaking of #Cowboys NOT playing hardball in public, SJones on @EzekielElliott - ‘We saw what Gurley got paid and we know that’s probably where it starts’ - is an eye-popper of a concession.

— mike fisher ✭ (@fishsports) February 26, 2019

Elliott is headed into the fourth year of his rookie deal and the Cowboys hold a team option on the running back for a fifth season. Dallas could also place the franchise tag on him in 2021. 

In an interview with 105.3 The Fan after the season ended, Jerry Jones was asked whether Elliott would be a Cowboy for the “foreseeable future?"

"Do we want Zeke in the foreseeable future on the Dallas Cowboys? The answer is yes," Jones told Shan and RJ. "That’d be madness to think any differently."

Jones then went on to add more about Elliott, saying, "that's like asking if you want (Zack) Martin, or (Tyron) Smith. "Now, getting there ... Hell, I want a bigger boat," Jones joked about his new 357-foot yacht. 

"The question is. Do you have the resources or do you have a plan to get there? That's the real question ... tell us how you're going to do it," Jones said. "Sometimes you don't know how to do it until you sit there and reach that hand out and shake it."

According to 105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher, Dallas has approximately $51 million in cap room this spring.