O.J. Simpson weighs in on Ezekiel Elliott’s contract, Antonio Brown’s return to campSporting News — (Travis Durkee)
In two months O.J. Simpson has amassed nearly 875,000 Twitter followers as he regularly posts videos touching on the biggest stories in the NFL.
On Tuesday, Simpson was back at it with a two-minute message for Cowboys and Raiders fans.
From a sunny Las Vegas, the 72-year-old Simpson starts his latest video saying how happy he is to hear Antonio Brown has returned to Raiders training camp amid an ongoing helmet saga with the NFL. Simpson went so far as to call Brown “one of the great receivers of all time” and said his work ethic should serve as an inspiration to an Oakland team looking to bounce back from a 4-12 season a year ago.
Simpson then shifted gears to talk about the Big Qs in Big D. He told Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott to “get all the money he can” after reports he turned down an offer worth $30 million per season.
“I gotta admit, I was surprised because I’m in a 10-man fantasy league and I can guarantee you that Dak will not be the first quarterback taken by any of those 10 teams,” Simpson said. “But that’s the nature of today’s game — it’s about passing.”
This, of course, led to the contract dispute between Dallas and Ezekiel Elliott, who Simpson seems to have a soft spot for as a Hall of Fame running back.
“I gotta admit, I feel a little bad for Ezekiel Elliott,” Simpson said. “I know he’s going to get his money … but to be in an offensive game plan meeting and knowing you’re the key to that offense and the most valuable player, as far as I’m concerned, of that offense and to look a few seats away and see a guy making twice the money you’re making — I’m sorry, I couldn’t fathom that.
“But that’s the nature of the beast. That’s the NFL today. I’m just saying.”
Last season, Elliott earned his second rushing title in three years with 1,434 yards on a league-high 304 carries with six touchdowns, while adding 77 receptions for 567 yards with three touchdowns.
He has been working out to stay in shape in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, according to multiple reports, but will not return to the team without a new deal, ESPN noted, citing a source close to the situation. Elliott has one year left on his rookie contract as well as a fifth-year team option.
The same report added it's unlikely Elliott will hold out into the regular season. Dallas opens its season Sept. 8 against the Giants.