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The Cowboys And Ezekiel Elliott Are Reportedly "Close" On Deal

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)

For a while there, it looked like the Dallas Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott were far from settling his contract dispute. But according to the latest report, a deal may be imminent.

Elliott's representitives told Cowboys officials he wouldn't play in 2019 without a new contract. The negotiations didn't go smoothly at first.

Even Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones indicated Elliott would miss a portion of the 2019 season.

But Mike Leslie, reporter at WFAA, is reporting the two camps are close to settling the dispute.

"Just landing back in the states," Leslie said, via Twitter. "And I’m told by a source that 'it’s close' in the negotiations between Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys organization — so much so that this source close to Elliott says there is hope he’ll be in the facility on Monday."

If the report holds true, this would certainly be a surprising turn of events. A turn of events Cowboys fans have been hoping to hear for some time.

ESPN's Adam Schefter had reported earlier in the day that Elliott and the Cowboys were progressing toward a deal.

Elliott dashed for 1,434 yards on 304 carries and added nine total touchdowns in 2018.Without Elliott on the field, the Cowboys' offense has struggled at times.

If the two camps are able to work out a new deal, Dallas' fans will breathe a collective sigh of relief.