Some reports over the past few days indicated Ezekiel Elliott was close to a new deal with the Cowboys. Elliott has been holding out all summer in hopes of landing a long-term contract.
This morning, NFL insider Jane Slater said a deal was “not close,” while Cowboys insider Mike Leslie reported that Elliott’s camp was still hopeful.
Now, the latest report from NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport says while a deal isn’t currently close, things are progressing.
“Here’s what’s going on with contract negotiations,” Rapoport said. “The Cowboys’ and Ezekiel Elliot’s representation worked through the weekend trying to get this deal done, talking regularly, exchanging proposals, trying to make sure that they can get to a contract agreement that would put Zeke back on the field by Wednesday — the first real practice of the game-week.”
Getting Zeke back on the practice field by Wednesday would certainly be an accomplishment for the Cowboys. But there’s still work to be done on both sides to make it a reality.
“They are not there yet,” Rapoport said. “But the hope is that when this gets done, Ezekiel Elliott is the highest paid running back in football and he’ll rejoin his team ready to go. Going to be a tense couple days though.”
The Cowboys hope to have Elliott for their season opener against the Cowboys. Rapoport says a deal is “within striking distance” between the two parties.
Will Elliott and the Cowboys close on a deal before the week is over?
From @NFLTotalAccess: The #Cowboys and RB Zeke Elliott want him on the field Wednesday, ready to practice with his team. But a long-term extension isn't done and obstacles remain. Tuesday is a big day. pic.twitter.com/31QGzMJ8JH
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 2, 2019
There’s no question Elliott is one of the best, if not the best running backs in the NFL. The star player ran for 1,434 yards on 304 carries in 2018. Dallas is hoping to have that kind of production back this year.
The Cowboys open up their season on Sunday against the New York Giants.