The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly made a new contract offer to Ezekiel Elliott, hoping to end the star running back's holdout with the regular season approaching.
Dallas' 105.3 The Fan is reporting that the Cowboys' new contract offer to Elliott that is in the Todd Gurley range.
Holdout running back Ezekiel Elliott is in receipt of a new contract extension offer from the Dallas Cowboys that a source close to the negotiations tells us would put his new annual salary "close to the Todd Gurley range."
The Cowboys as of a month ago were willing to pay Elliott more than the Jets’ Le’Veon Bell ($13 mil APY) but less than the Rams’ Gurley ($14 mil APY).
Elliott has been holding out for a month-plus, seeking a new deal with two years left on his rookie contract.
The former top NFL Draft pick out of Ohio State broke his silence on his contract negotiations in an interview with Maxim (though the interview did happen earlier this summer).
Elliott maintains that he wants to be a Cowboy for life, though he knows that doesn't always happen, mentioning how Emmitt Smith played for another team.
“I love playing for the Dallas Cowboys, I love the organization, my teammates. I do want to be a Cowboy for the rest of my life and hopefully that’s a possibility. But even Emmitt Smith, the greatest running back ever, ended up going to play a couple of years for another organization. So it’s just the nature of the game, but I want to be a Dallas Cowboy for as long as I can," Elliott told Maxim.
Elliott does feel that he's deserving of highest-ever running back money.
“Until the very recent deal with Todd Gurley [four years, $60 million], I think there was an undervalue of the running back,” Elliott added. “But with guys like Gurley getting drafted so high, then me, and now guys like Saquon [Barkley] getting drafted in the first round, I think we’ve done a great job of bringing back the value of the position, showing the importance of the running back.”
The Cowboys, meanwhile, are less than two weeks away from opening the regular season. Dallas opens with the New York Giants on Sunday, Sept. 8. Kickoff is set for 4:25 p.m. E.T.