Could Ezekiel Elliott’s holdout finally be coming to an end?
According to ESPN, the Cowboys reportedly have offered Elliott a deal that would make him the second highest-paid running back in the NFL. The report explained this means Elliott’s contract offer isn’t as big as Todd Gurley’s, but it’s worth more than Le’Veon Bell’s.
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.
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) August 22, 2019
Last offseason, Gurley signed the biggest contract for a running back in NFL history with a four-year, $57.5 million deal that has $45 million in guaranteed money. With the Jets, Bell signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract with $27 million guaranteed.
This means Elliott’s reported offer would be within that $5 million difference, meaning if he accepts the deal, he would make an average between $13.135 million and $14.375 million per year.
While this could be a win-win situation for Elliott and the Cowboys, it falls short of Elliott’s reported goal to set the market when it comes to contracts for running backs, since Gurley still would be paid more.
The Cowboys are scheduled to open the regular season Sept. 8 against the Giants, and there have been conflicting reports on whether Elliott will sit out as he seeks his extension. He was training in Mexico during the team’s training camp in Oxnard, California, amid his holdout.
Elliott has one year left on his rookie contract as well as a fifth-year team option.