The Ezekiel Elliott-Cowboys holdout drama continues.
Before Labor Day, the Cowboys and Elliott were involved in intense talks to finalize a deal according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
“From what I’m told, Ezekiel Elliott’s camp and the Cowboys negotiated all weekend trying to strike a deal that would eventually make him the highest-paid running back in football,” . “I’m told there has been some progress there. They’re not there yet. Certainly, there has been plenty of frayed nerves along the way, plenty of those. But both sides are trying to get this thing done before the season starts. Today obviously will be a huge, huge day, the start of the game week. And the Cowboys would like him in sooner rather than later.”
The Dallas Morning News confirmed that there was “progress” made but that the two camps were still pretty far apart to the guaranteed money that Elliott wants.
Via Dallas News
There is some progress being made in talks between running back Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys. While still apart on overall size of the contract, the two sides are closer on guaranteed money but need more work on coming to terms on average salary, according to sources.
But one source stressed, while there has been movement over the holiday weekend, there is still significant work needed to get a deal done before the regular season opener.
Jane Slater, however, is reporting that both parties are not close to making a deal as of yet.
If the Cowboys are not able to make a deal with Elliott this week it seems like they’re perfectly fine playing rookie Tony Pollard, who has impressed during the preseason.
The saga continues…