Are the Dallas Cowboys closing in on a new deal for two-time NFL rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott? What’s the latest on the negotiations?
It’s amazing what the start of meaningful football games will do to a team looking to get one of their best players back in the fold, as well as the performer himself when it comes to getting back on the field.
The daily updates surrounding holdout running back Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys have dominated the league headlines for quite some time. The fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, who has led the NFL in rushing yards twice in three years, has been asking for his rookie deal to be re-done with two years remaining. He’s been away from the club for quite the spell, missing training camp and the entire preseason.
But is there finally light at the end of the tunnel, which would be awfully convenient considering the defending NFC East champions open defense of their title this Sunday at home against the New York Giants?
Of course, we have been down this path before in terms of “close.” Two days ago, there were reports than the two sides were nearing a deal, via Yahoo! Sports Charles Robinson.
That was followed one day later with a report from NFL Network’s Jane Slater:
So how close is close? Could a deal be announced later today? It would be the second bit of contract news for the Cowboys, who announced that the organization had re-signed guard Lae’l Collins to a new contract. Recently, the franchise announced a new deal with linebacker Jaylon Smith. It’s safe to say that the Cowboys have not been afraid to open up their check books this offseason. But is Jerry Jones and the team finally on the verge of locking down arguably their best offensive player?