Zeke won’t play for Dallas without deal

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott reportedly plans to sit out the entire 2019 season if he does not receive a new contract.

Elliott is holding out of Cowboys training camp, as his contract will pay him $3.85 million this season before a fifth-year option kicks in in 2020 and pays him $9.099 million.

Rather than reporting to camp, Elliott has been working out in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, which is where he trained during his six-game suspension in 2017.

While both quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper are set to enter the final year of their respective contracts, Elliott has two seasons left. With Elliott holding out, however, there may be a greater sense of urgency to get a deal done with him. When asked by NFL.com’s Adam Maya on Sunday about the contract situations of arguably his three most important offensive players, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones seemed confident that they won’t go anywhere

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That means taking groundballs at first, where he might just get some use.

“Just know that like so many things, it’ll happen. It’ll happen. There literally is no concern on my part at all about any time frame. That’ll happen. The results are too good for them and too good for the Cowboys. Think about it now. The results are too good for them and too good for the Cowboys. That always happens when it’s that good for both of us.”

The 24-year-old Elliott made the Pro Bowl in 2018 for the second time in his three NFL seasons. He also led the league in both carries (304) and rushing yards (1,434) for the second time.

Although Elliott rushed for just six touchdowns, he expanded his game significantly by setting career highs with 77 receptions for 567 yards and three receiving touchdowns.

In Elliott’s two full seasons, the Cowboys have gone a combined 23-9 and won a pair of NFC East titles. While holding out for the entire 2019 season would be a risk for Elliott, former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell showed last season that a player can hold his value after a missed year.

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