Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott situation could go ‘sideways’ quickly
The Dallas Cowboys are hoping to keep their big three on offense intact by signing Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Amari Cooper to long-term deals. Although, the running back could take an interesting approach to his contract talks.
According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, the Elliott situation could go “sideways” quickly. It was reported on Monday that Elliott could secretly be planning to holdout during training camp in hopes to accelerate his contract talks.
On the other hand, the Cowboys haven’t shown any urgency in signing their franchise running back since Prescott and Cooper become free agents before Elliott. The All-Pro running back still has two years left on his contract but it seems as if he wants a new deal sooner rather than later.
Earlier this offseason, the Cowboys COO Stephen Jones commented on Elliott’s contract situations and when Dallas will begin discussing numbers with the running back.
“Certainly we’ve got a couple years there with Zeke to get that done,” Cowboys COO Stephen Jones told PFT in May. “We certainly want to get him done. He’s the straw, if you will, that stirs our drink. He’s a key part of what we’re about. Those things take time to get done. They don’t happen overnight. Certainly he’s a priority in terms of ultimately getting him signed. There hasn’t really been a timetable put on this.”
Elliott is absolutely the main focal point of the offense after touching the ball 1,003 times in the past three seasons. Jones may believe that the Cowboys have years to get a deal done with Elliott but if Elliott has his way—years could turn into weeks.