How the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension could affect NFL free agency and trade negotiations
NFL free-agent and trade talks are likely to take center stage on Monday.
If Elliott is suspended for the first four games of the season, the Cowboys could decide to keep him on the roster through the end of the year and attempt to sign him for the final two games of his contract.
The NFLPA is asking for Elliott’s return for the 2017 season, which is expected to be around the $12 million cap.
The Cowboys have indicated they want Elliott back, but the league would have to approve any trade to bring him back.
The Cowboys have already been linked to two free agents in free agency: cornerback Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Stephen Tulloch.
The team has also said it wants to bring back defensive end Anthony Spencer.
But there is no clear indication of any plans to bring in either player, according to The Associated Press.
The draft is scheduled for April 30, and there is talk of teams drafting wide receivers like Odell Beckham Jr., Brandin Cooks and Marqise Lee.
Elliott’s punishment could make it more difficult for teams to land him.
It’s not yet clear whether the Cowboys will have enough picks to make a deal, although there could be some flexibility in that situation.
The NFLPA, which has been pushing for Elliott to return since he was suspended for a year for a domestic violence incident, has indicated it will be lobbying for his release.
The union has been advocating for Elliott in recent months.
The league will also consider the possibility of Elliott being reinstated, according the AP.
That could happen even if Elliott does not play for Dallas in 2017, but he could be eligible to return for a second season, after which the league will have to determine whether he is eligible for reinstatement.