Ezekiel Elliott has been mostly silent on his contract negotiations and future with the Dallas Cowboys during his holdout from the iconic franchise - until now, that is.
The star NFL running back opened up to Maxim about his position, his contract negotiations and his future with the iconic franchise.
Elliott made one thing very clear - he loves it in Dallas and wants to be a Cowboy for the rest of his NFL career.
The former Ohio State standout running back believes the position is undervalued, though, and thinks it's important to get paid what he is worth.
“Until the very recent deal with Todd Gurley [four years, $60 million], I think there was an undervalue of the running back,” Elliott told Maxim. “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.”
Elliott told Maxim that he'll "hopefully" be a Dallas Cowboy for his entire NFL career.
“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," he said.
Elliott has reportedly been offered a contract in the four year, $55 million range, according to ESPN's Ed Werder.
The No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft is seeking a contract worth more than Todd Gurley's four year, $60 million deal.
Elliott is one of several young Dallas players seeking a new deal - Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper also want big extensions - though he's the only one holding out. The former Buckeyes star has two years remaining on his rookie deal.
The Cowboys, meanwhile, are set to open the 2019 regular season on Sunday, Sept. 8 against the New York Giants.