A former veteran NFL tight end says he's hearing some major news about Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott and his contract negotiations.
Elliott is holding out in search of a new contract and the Cowboys have reportedly made the former Buckeyes star a big offer.
ESPN's Ed Werder reported today that Dallas has offered Elliott a contract that would make him the league's second-highest paid running back behind Todd Gurley.
Sources: The most recent offer in negotiations between holdout Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys came from the team. 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.
That contract would likely be in the four-year, $55 million range, as Gurley received $60 million and Bell $52 million.
Former NFL tight end Antonio Bryant, who played for the Cowboys 2002-04, says he's hearing Elliott will sign soon.
Bryant has been right about NFL contract news before, too.
ESPN's Jeff Darlington said earlier today that the deal would get done.
“From what I understand this deal is getting done,” Darlington said on ESPN’s Get Up. “I was speaking with a source who has been nails on this since the beginning.”
Elliott is reportedly seeking No. 1 money, though many within the Cowboys' organization believe the market "reset" with Bell's deal, claiming Gurley's to be an outlier.
The Cowboys have several young players seeking new deals, with linebacker Jaylon Smith being the only one to sign so far. Jerry Jones appeared to send a message to Elliott, Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper at the 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.”
The Cowboys are set to open the regular season on Sunday, Sept. 8 against the Giants. Obviously, getting Elliott back in time for that game would be massive.