It doesn’t appear Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will end his holdout any time soon.
A source told Jane Slater of NFL Network that Elliott and the Cowboys were not close on a new deal, noting they are far apart on “everything,” including contract length and guarantees.
Elliott didn’t report to training camp and is in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
While the running back has two years remaining on his contract, including the fifth-year option on his rookie deal worth $9.1 million, he is seeking a new deal before he returns to the field.
He has certainly proved his ability on the field, winning two rushing titles in his three years in the league. In 2018, he totaled an NFL-best 1,434 rushing yards to go with a career-high 567 receiving yards.
The 24-year-old was one of only two players with over 2,000 all-purpose yards, along with the New York Giants‘ Saquon Barkley.
However, the Cowboys have other priorities as both Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper head into the final years of their contracts.
Owner Jerry Jones also dismissed Elliott’s importance to the team going into 2019 by saying:
“You don’t have to have a rushing champion to win a Super Bowl,” Jones told CBS 11 Sports (h/t Kevin Patra of NFL.com).
Its seems that Jerry Jones is standing firm on getting a deal done with Dak Prescott first before entertaining Elliot’s new contract request.
Only time will tell how this plays out for “America’s Team”, but we all know how important Zeke is to this teams’ success.