Ezekiel Elliott’s agent, Rocky Arceneaux, told reporters on Tuesday that a deal with the Cowboys is “very, very close.”
“I think Zeke showed his commitment by coming back to Dallas. We didn’t come here not to do a deal. So I think he’s committed. Both sides are,” Arceneaux said, per Jon Machota.
Rapoport says a deal is not yet done and the two sides are still working through obstacles. But Elliott will be nearby and ready to go as soon as the deal is finished.
The two sides have re-engaged in contract talks with the season opener looming on Sunday. Talks hit a snag, though, when the Cowboys were “frustrated” after expecting more compromise from Elliott’s side to get a deal done.
Elliott is still seeking to exceed Todd Gurley‘s four-year, $57.5 million deal with the Rams. One issue from the Cowboys’ perspective is the structure of the deal which includes full guarantees at signing to cover the first two years and other early guarantees.
Elliott, 24, was taken with the No. 4 overall pick by the Cowboys back in 2016. He signed four-year contract worth $24,956,342, which includes a signing bonus of $16,350,068.
Elliott will make a base salary of $3.85 million for the 2019 season and another $9.1 million in 2020 under the fifth-year option of his contract.
In 2018, Elliott appeared in 15 games for the Cowboys and rushed for 1,434 yards on 304 carries (4.7 YPC) to go along with 77 receptions for 567 yards receiving and nine touchdowns.
We’ll have more regarding Elliott as the news is available.