The ongoing saga that is the holdout of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott took a new turn on Tuesday when ESPN reported that Elliott’s agents told the team that he would not play this upcoming season without a new contract.
Elliott has not reported to training camp as of Tuesday evening and likely won’t until that deal is in place. The running back has two years left on his rookie deal including his fifth-year option next season that will pay him $9.1 million.
However, Elliott clearly wants a new deal in place and to be the highest-paid running back in the league and perhaps league history after rushing for over 4,000 yards in his three seasons combined and helping lead Dallas to the playoffs in two of those three seasons.
Dallas has reportedly already made “generous” contract offers to Elliott as well as quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper, who are all looking to secure long-term deals with the Cowboys. Prescott and Cooper aren’t holding out but they haven’t accepted those rumored “generous” offers just yet .
The Cowboys can’t afford to mess around with these negotiations with Elliott. He has been the catalyst behind the Cowboys’ offensive success since they drafted him fourth overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. While Prescott and Cooper are both extremely talented and also deserve new contracts, Elliott should be the top priority but it seems as though Dallas’ management isn’t thinking that way as of now.
If Dallas wants to have a potential Super Bowl run this upcoming season, locking up Elliott should be their main focus in the coming days and weeks.