Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reports that the Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott communicated in the late afternoon on Sunday regarding an extension.
However, Robinson says that the Cowboys came away “frustrated” and expected more compromise from Elliott’s side to get a deal done.
Robinson explained to Pro Football Talk that another issue from the Cowboys’ perspective is the structure of the deal Elliott’s looking.
Todd Gurley’s contract with the Rams includes full guarantees at signing to cover the first two years. After the first season, the third year became fully guaranteed eight months later. Then the fourth year comes fully guaranteed after the second season.
Beyond that, most of the guarantees paid to Gurley have no offset language.
Moore confirms that the two parties re-engaged extension talks in the last 24 hours in the hope of getting a deal in place before the start of the regular season.
However, Moore says Elliott’s representatives still appear to be targeting a contract that exceeds Todd Gurley‘s four-year, $57.5 million deal with the Rams.
One report mentioned that talks between the Cowboys and Elliot have intensified this weekend. Although, Moore explains that this is “in the context of no meaningful dialogue taking place in previous weeks.”
Last week, ESPN’s Ed Werder reported that the Cowboys have offered to make Elliott the NFL’s No. 2 highest-paid running back.
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.