Ezekiel Elliott has been away from the Dallas Cowboys for quite some time. The former top NFL Draft pick is holding out for a new contract with two years left on his rookie deal.
It remains to be seen if Elliott and the Cowboys will come to an agreement before the start of the 2019 regular season. Dallas begins its season in less than two weeks.
Elliott has reportedly been staying in shape amidst his holdout, though.
The former Ohio State standout has been training with a legendary NFL running back, according to ESPN. Elliott has been training with Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk in Cabo San Lucas to get ready for the upcoming season. The two are represented by the same agent.
ESPN's Cowboys insider, Ed Werder, spoke to Faulk about Elliott this week.
"His fitness is great, but playing in games is different," Faulk told ESPN. "My job is to close that gap with putting him in active game situations. The only thing we can't simulate is the contact."
Elliott is reportedly seeking a deal worth at least as much as the one the Rams gave Todd Gurley (four years, $60 million). The Cowboys running back spoke to Maxim this summer about his future.
“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.
We'll see if that ends up happening.
The Cowboys are set to open the regular season on Sunday, Sept. 8 against the New York Giants. Kickoff is set for 4:25 p.m. E.T. on FOX.