While the Dallas Cowboys prepare for their second preseason game, Ezekiel Elliott remains away from the team in an effort to push for a new contract. There’s been no major movement reported on that front, but it appears the star running back is set to be back in the same general area as his teammates.
Elliott was in Cabo San Lucas while Cowboys training camp was underway in Oxnard, California and the hope was that the two sides would get closer on a potential contract extension. Although it’s unknown if that’s happened, WFAA’s Mike Leslie reported Elliott has left Cabo and is back in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
As seen above, Leslie states that the sides are optimistic about getting a deal done soon for Elliott. Beyond that, he explains that the running back’s team has told the Cowboys what he’s seeking in terms of a new contract and they’re essentially awaiting a decision.
“The decision to fly home is not necessarily indicative that a deal is imminent, but it also isn’t a bad sign.
Elliott’s team has told the Cowboys what they want. Now they wait.” Elliott tweeted.
Here’s a look at the photo which was posted by a fan who sat next to Elliott on the flight which reportedly was heading back to Dallas-Fort Worth.
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Ezekiel Elliott Reportedly in Great Shape
While Elliott hasn’t been training with the Cowboys, the work he’s done in Cabo is paying off, according to the latest reports and rumblings. As ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported, Elliott’s weight is in the low 220s, which is the lowest it’s been since his rookie season.
It doesn’t appear that anyone was overly concerned about Elliott’s potential to be in shape when he returns to the Cowboys, which owner Jerry Jones spoke about recently. As Clarence Hill of the Star-Telegram revealed, Jones was asked if he had concerns about the running back being ready to go if/when the holdout ends.
“No, not really. Not at all,” Jones said. “Zeke has the ability to completely hit the ground running, if I may use that. He has that and we expect that. He says that, and I believe him, that he’s in great shape. I don’t think that will be an issue when he does come back.”
Tony Romo Predicts Ezekiel Elliott Gets Paid
Former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is among those who have sounded off on Elliott’s holdout and contract situation. He recently joined CBS Sports HQ and spoke about Elliott while pointing out that he believes it’s “just a matter of time” before each of the team’s stars get paid, including Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper.
“I’ve been asked this about 40 times today, but all three of these guys … their deals are going to get done,” Romo said with a smile. “It’s just fun for people to talk about what’s going on, when Zeke’s going to come back. But they’re all great players and there’s just a matter of time before they are all going to get paid.”
While that’s a positive comment from Romo, he did state that it’s a “coin flip” as to whether he expects Elliott to be on the field when Week 1 rolls around, as Burke Downer of Cowboys Wire pointed out.
“Yeah, I don’t know about that. I think that’s a coin flip, but I do think he’ll back at some point. But Week 1? He’ll be close.”
Time will tell whether Elliott’s contract is sorted out by Week 1, but his return to Texas is a positive sign and shows the arrow is at least somewhat pointing in the right direction.