Zeke Elliott (along with Saquan Barkley) are my favorite running backs. I'd love to have the guy. But I don't see this happening --- ever.
1. Dallas will want a boat load in picks. They're not giving him away.
2. Elliott is already said to have turned down $14m per year. I don't know for how many years, but one would think it's for at least 4 years.
So, I don't see Ballard wanting to pay a running back --- ANY running back --- that kind of money. I think he accepts the concept of a devalued position. I think Ballard would like to pay a good to very good, but not great running back somewhere in the range of $5-7 Mill per year on maybe a 3 year deal. Use him, get what you can, and move on to another back that you might spend a 3rd or a 4th on.
I think all this Zeke Elliott talk is a pipedream. This is not the world that Ballard lives in. I think he wants a good to very good RB, but not great, and not elite. I don't think he wants anyone who is going to want the kind of money that top backs want. So, I don't think he's going to want to pay more than $7 mil per year. Certainly not $10 mill and absolutely not the kind of money Zeke will want which is roughly $15+ mill a year. I don't ever see that happening.