Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys expected to have agreement by Week 1

Ezekiel Elliott during his daily golf sessions at the luxurious 1500-acre private Diamante Los Cabos resort in Mexico

Ezekiel Elliott during his daily golf sessions at the luxurious 1500-acre private Diamante Los Cabos resort in Mexico

He still has two years left on the current one, but reportedly believes he has outperformed that contract and deserves a deal that would surpass that of the NFL's now highest paid running back, Todd Gurley.

As it stands, things have reportedly progressed to a point where the Cowboys have moved the needle north of Bell but still behind Gurley - per Ed Werder of ESPN - with an offer that would make him (at minimum) the second-highest-paid RB in the NFL. He called Gurley's deal "within the realm" while adding that he believes Le'Veon Bell's contract with the Jets re-set the market.

Elliott, 24, has yet to report to Cowboys training camp this summer due to dissatisfaction with his rookie contract. Elliott has been in Cabo working out, to Dallas, and then back to Cabo again as contract negotiations have stalled. He is set to make $3.85 million in 2019 and $9.1 million in 2020 if he doesn't receive a new contract.

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Ezekiel Elliott has yet to report to the Dallas Cowboys and there appears to be some tension between him and team owner Jerry Jones, but it sounds like it would be a surprise if the star running back is not on the field in Week 1. He's led the National Football League in rushing twice (in 2016 and 2018) and is coming off a season in which he rushed for 1,434 yards on 4.7 yards per carry, while also racking up 77 receptions for 567 yards and totaling nine touchdowns.

The Cowboys will kickoff the 2019 season at home on Sunday, September 8 against the division rival New York Giants, followed by a road game against another NFC East rival, the Washington Redskins.

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