19:00 10 Aug 2019
Former professional NFL player Michael Irvin believes the Dallas Cowboys will not win the Super Bowl in the upcoming season without Ezekiel Elliott.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made headlines recently when he insisted that the Dallas team can claim glory in 2019/20 with Elliott.
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The 24-year-old running back is holding out for a new contract, and as the leading NFL rusher in two of his three pro seasons he will not be short of options when his current deal with the Cowboys expires in 2020.
However, the Dallas team have big contract issues looming with quarterback Dak Prescott and receiver Amari Cooper, while Elliott has had some off-field issues as well and has already had a six-game NFL suspension.
In a brief interview with TMZ this week, Irvin spoke about how badly Jones wants to win another championship and said he won’t do it without Elliott.
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“I know for a fact before Jerry Jones (leaves), he wants to drink the sweet nectar of a championship again. And that nectar he will not partake in without Ezekiel Elliott,” Irvin declared.
“You may win games, you may sell tickets, and you may make some money, but that nectar you will not drink without Ezekiel Elliott.”
Irvin also said he does not blame Elliott for trying to seize an opportunity with his contract.
“The NFL has told all running backs over and over again, ‘We will squeeze you, we will use you, and we will discard you,’” Irvin explained.
“So, now, he’s saying, ‘Let me get mine while I’m riding the wave hot.’ I understand that.”