Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott is reportedly close to finalizing a new contract, per Pro Football Talk.
Ezekiel Elliot’s holdout is one of the bigger stories heading into the 100th NFL season. Will the Dallas Cowboys running back land a new deal heading into his fourth season as a pro?
Well, sadly for New York Giants fans (along with fans of the Eagles and Redskins), the Cowboys and their star running back are reportedly close to a done deal. The deal is said to be six-year, $90 million, yet that’s unconfirmed at the moment.
Source with direct knowledge of situation when asked whether this is accurate said, "Not done, but close." https://t.co/jOexo1OZfQ
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 3, 2019
Elliott held out all of training camp and the preseason in hopes to land a new deal. It would be his first contract since signing his four-year rookie deal worth nearly $25 million prior to the 2016 season. His rookie contract runs through the 2020 season, as it includes a fifth-year option.
The Cowboys have yet to sign quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper to new deals.
In his first three seasons, Elliott has won the rushing title twice, with one title in his rookie year in 2016 and one last season.
The Cowboys face off against the Giants Week 1 in Dallas. It’s an opening game in Texas that’s occurred now four times in the last five seasons. If the deal gets done, Zeke squaring off against the young Giants defensive line and linebacking corps should be an interesting matchup.
New York and Dallas will kick off this Sunday, Sept. 8, at 4:25 p.m. ET at AT&T Stadium.