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The Cowboys' Latest Contract Offer To Ezekiel Elliott Has Leaked

Ezekiel Elliott before game against Tampa Bay.

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 23: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys makes a face as he walks toward the end zone to kneel before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

ESPN NFL insider Ed Werder has the latest on the contract negotiations between the Dallas Cowboys and their star running back, Ezekiel Elliott.

Elliott has been holding out this preseason in search of a new contract. The former Ohio State standout has two years remaining on his rookie deal, though he rightfully wants to get paid more now. Elliott has been arguably the best player in the league at a position with a short shelf life.

The Cowboys are reportedly willing to pay him a top-five running back contract, though Elliott is seeking No. 1 money. Todd Gurley received $60 million over four years and Elliott likely wants to top that.

According to Werder, the Cowboys' latest offer is not in the Todd Gurley-range. It's in the Le'Veon Bell range.

"Elliott has been offered a contract making him one of the NFL’s 2 highest-paid RB. That would suggest team offering more than LeVeon Bell and less than Todd Gurley," he reports.

Le'Veon Bell signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the New York Jets this summer. If Werder's report is accurate, Elliott has been offered something like: four years, $55 million. Of course, the specifics (guaranteed money) are important.

Dallas has several young players wanting new contracts and has agreed to extension terms with just one - Jaylon Smith. The Cowboys signed the former Notre Dame linebacker to a five year, $64 million extension this week. Jerry Jones seemed to send a message to his other young players at that press conference.

"It is neat that Jaylon understands that when you have a solid roster, you have as many high quality young players as we have, you have to allocate your resources wisely to keep and have all of those players," Jones said on Tuesday. "You have to do that. That's called team building. And I will assure you this was about team."

Elliott, Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper are all seeking extensions, though the running back is the only one holding out.

The Cowboys open their 2019 regular season on Sunday, Sept. 8 against the Giants.