Given all that has transpired between the Dallas Cowboys and running back Ezekiel Elliott, it appeared as though there was no progress being made in the ongoing contract negotiations. However, that does not appear to be the case.

According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, the Cowboys have offered to make him the second-highest paid running back in the NFL.

Sources: The most recent offer in negotiations between holdout Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys came from the team. Elliott has been offered a contract making him one of the NFL’s 2 highest-paid RB. That would suggest team offering more than LeVeon Bell and less than Todd Gurley.

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This is certainly an intriguing development coming out of Dallas. It is safe to say that negotiations between both sides have hardly been smooth throughout the offseason. Things even seemed to reach a boiling point after Elliott returned to Mexico following a joke made by team owner Jerry Jones.

Jones has seemingly responded by attempting to make him the second-highest paid player at his position. The first is Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley when he set the benchmark by signing a four-year, $60 million deal prior to the 2018 campaign. Meanwhile, New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell finally received his lucrative payday after an extensive holdout that saw him net a four-year, $52.5 million contract.

The report indicates that the Cowboys may potentially be looking to split the difference in these two deals for Elliott. It remains to be seen whether or not the two-time rushing champ is willing to accept.