Executive VP Stephen Jones expressed Friday that he is confident Elliott and the Cowboys will agree to terms on a new contract prior to Week 1, according to Todd Archer of ESPN.com.
While appearing on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Friday, Jones was asked about Elliott's status, and he noted that "things happen real quick" in contract negotiations. "Sometimes in hours," Jones added. While Jones expressed optimism a deal would get reached, he also added, "I don't think we're close because there's not a lot of activity." As such, it seems both sides have a number in mind at the moment, but neither is willing to budge. All in all, Jones' comments indicate it shouldn't take long to come to an agreement once one side is willing to give a little, but for now, the impasse continues, and Elliott's availability for Week 1 hangs in the balance.
Elliott has reportedly been offered a contract by the Cowboys that would make him him one of the NFL's two highest-paid running backs, according to ESPN's Ed Werder.
Werder notes that such contract terms would mean that the Cowboys are offering Elliott more than what LeVeon Bell gets from the Jets and less than what the Rams pay Todd Gurley. It remains to be seen if the star back is lured back by this latest offer, but if the report is accurate, it's at least indicative of some movement toward potentially ending Elliot's holdout in advance of the team's Sept. 8 regular-season opener against the Giants.
Despite an ongoing contract dispute, Elliott has flown back to Dallas after training in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for several weeks, WFAA's Mike Leslie reports.
The contract holdout persisted throughout the entirety of training camp as expected, but Elliott and his team traveled back home to Dallas this weekend while the Cowboys prepare for their second preseason tilt against the Rams on Saturday in Hawaii. Elliott's return to the area doesn't exactly translate to expedited negotiations moving forward, but at least he'll be physically available upon the potential agreement of a new deal.
Elliott's weight is in the low 220s, which is the lightest he's been since his rookie season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Now in the third week of his contract holdout, Elliott reportedly has been working out in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, the same place he went during his six-game suspension in 2017. He returned from that ban to take 51 carries for 200 yards over the final two weeks of the season, playing 125 snaps in the process. Elliott never seems to have any issue with strength or conditioning, but it still won't be ideal if he doesn't have much time to practice before he plays in a game. It's unclear when his holdout might end, with Cowboys VP Stephen Jones saying last week that he didn't expect Elliott to sign a new contract before the end of training camp. That prediction appears to be coming to fruition as Thursday marks the final day of camp for the Cowboys.
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Tuesday he doesn't expect the team to sign Elliott before training camp ends, Tim Cowlishaw of The Dallas Morning News reports. "I don't see anything happening. I don't see any momentum," Jones said.
The reigning NFL rushing champ has indicated he won't report without a new contract, but even after camp ends Elliott would still have time to join the team and be ready for Week 1, as he's been staying in shape while holding out. There have been conflicting reports about the value of the Cowboys' latest offer to Elliott, but it likely lies somewhere between the deal Todd Gurley signed in 2018 that included a whopping $45 million in guaranteed money, and the contract Le'Veon Bell received from the Jets in March ($27 million guaranteed).
Elliott's representatives have reportedly told the Cowboys that the running back doesn't plan to play this coming season without a new contract, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.
On the plus side, "a source close to the situation" relayed to Anderson that at this stage, it doesn't seem likely the running back's holdout will linger into the regular season, with that conclusion "based on the belief that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants to get a new deal done" with Elliott prior to Week 1. Meanwhile, Jane Slater of NFL Network notes that the Cowboys are believed to have "generous" offers on the table for Elliott, QB Dak Prescott and wideout Amari Cooper, with terms that would put the trio in the top five in terms of compensation at their respective positions. For now, Elliott -- who has two years left on his rookie deal, continues to work out in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with no immediate resolution to his situation in sight.
Elliott is staying in shape and doing running back drills during his holdout, Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News reports. "From the couple of conversations that we've had, he's doing what he needs to do and staying in great shape," running backs coach Gary Brown said Thursday. "And I'm just looking forward to whenever he gets here. He'll be ready to go."
Of course, Elliott is doing those drills and workouts in Cabo, so how far behind the rest of the team he is won't really be known until he's in camp. The running back has to report by Tuesday (Aug. 6) to avoid losing an accrued year towards free agency, so it should become clear next week whether he and the Cowboys are in for a protracted contract battle or not.
Elliott has been officially placed on the reserve/did not report list by the Cowboys, Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports.
It's purely a procedural move, and the running back will rejoin the roster once he reports to camp, which he must do by Aug. 6 or lose an accrued season towards free agency. With two years remaining on his rookie deal, Elliott has little leverage in his holdout beyond the team's Super Bowl aspirations and the lack of depth behind him on the depth chart, but the two sides will continue discussing a contract extension for the two-time rushing champ -- although the Cowboys' priority remains signing Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper, both of whom are free agents after this season.
Elliott's holdout became official Friday when he didn't show up for the Cowboys' morning physical and conditioning run, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Elliott never announced his decision, perhaps hoping to sign an extension at the last minute before the start of training camp. The Cowboys now have the option of fining their star running back, though it isn't the best idea if they intend to keep negotiations cordial. Elliott will lose an accrued year toward free agency if he doesn't report to the team by Aug. 6. He's under contract for two more seasons, while teammates Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper are only signed through 2019.
Elliott still isn't with the Cowboys as of Friday morning, but his agents are making progress in discussions for a contract extension, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.
Although he didn't fly out to Los Angeles with his teammates for the start of training camp, Elliott still has time to report before he's officially considered a holdout. The Cowboys will have their opening meeting for camp Friday afternoon/evening.
Elliott isn't on the Cowboys' plane to Los Angeles for the start of training camp, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
Elliott has until Friday morning to join his teammates before the Cowboys are allowed to asses fines for a holdout. The running back is angling for a contract extension and hasn't announced if/when he will report to training camp.
Elliott hasn't made a final decision on holding out from training camp, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
With training camp set to begin Friday, the Cowboys still need to hammer out deals for Elliott, Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper. The latter two are entering contract seasons, while the running back is under team control through 2020 via the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. Elliott will lose an accrued season toward free agency if he doesn't report by Aug. 6, though it would become a moot point as soon as he signed a long-term contract. The Cowboys may be hesitant to extend Elliott before they finish deals for Prescott and Cooper.
Elliott is weighing his options for a potential holdout but hasn't made a final decision, Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reports.
A prolonged holdout would put the most pressure on the Cowboys, but Elliott would lose an accrued season towards free agency if he doesn't report to training camp by Aug. 6. The relationship between team and player reportedly remains cordial, albeit with the complication of Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper entering contract seasons. Elliott doesn't seem to be the immediate priority, as he's under team control through 2020 via the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. Discussions with Elliott should progress much faster if/when the Cowboys finalize deals with his teammates.
Elliott won't face discipline from the league as a result of his involvement in an incident that occurred in Las Vegas in May, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
Commissioner Roger Goodell met with Elliott on Tuesday, and Elliott issued a statement later that day volunteering "to take advantage of the resources available to help him continue to grow personally." The league issued a statement pertaining to its investigation into Elliott that noted "there was no violation of the personal conduct policy and no further action is warranted." With that, Elliott is seemingly in the clear and will not face a suspension to begin the 2019 season.
Elliott will meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday to discuss a May incident at a music festival in Las Vegas, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
The NFL has proven especially sensitive to any incident caught on tape, though Elliott's recent encounter isn't comparable to past examples involving serious violence. He was placed in handcuffs at the music festival after bumping into a security guard who wouldn't let him pass through a restricted area. Police released Elliott without arresting him or charging him with any crime, but the NFL has a lower standard for punishment under its personal conduct policy -- something Elliott already learned when he served a six-game suspension in 2017. His status as a potential repeat offender increases the odds of a suspension, but it doesn't seem like an incident that would warrant a lengthy ban.
The NFL likely will review a May 19 incident involving Elliott and a concert security guard, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reports.
Briefly handcuffed after bumping the security guard, Elliott ultimately wasn't arrested or charged with any crime. His history of league discipline could be a complicating factor, but Cowboys executive Stephen Jones said the incident won't impact the team's negotiations with the running back on a long-term contract. Dallas recently exercised its fifth-year option to keep Elliott under team control through 2020. The running back will turn 24 in July and appears headed for another busy campaign after the Cowboys declined to make backfield depth an offseason priority. Rod Smith was allowed to leave in free agency and was replaced by fourth-round pick Tony Pollard -- who was mostly a gadget player at Memphis -- and seventh-round pick Mike Weber.
Elliott was detained but eventually released without charge Sunday morning at a music festival in Las Vegas, NFL.com reports.
For a player that has served a six-game suspension due to violations of the personal conduct policy, Elliott likely will be scrutinized by the NFL for this incident with a security guard. That said, it appears to be minor in nature, as evidenced by team president Stephen Jones telling Todd Archer of ESPN.com that the incident won't affect negotiations with the running back on a long-term deal. One of a handful of Cowboys approaching the end of their rookie contracts, Elliott has racked up 5,247 yards from scrimmage and 34 touchdowns on 1,003 touches in 40 career games.
The Cowboys exercised Elliott's fifth-year option Tuesday, keeping him under contract through 2020, Rob Phillips of the team's official site reports.
The decision to pick up the $9.1 million option was an easy one for the Cowboys, as the 23-year-old has established himself as one of the NFL's few three-down bellcows since entering the league in 2016. The option may end up serving merely as a placeholder while Elliott and the Cowboys turn their attention to working out a long-term extension that will keep the Ohio State product in Dallas for the duration of his prime.
Team executive Stephen Jones said Wednesday that the Cowboys expect to pick up the fifth-year option on Elliott's contract before the May 3 deadline, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
Since he was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 draft, Elliott is the only player in the league with more than 1,000 touches (1,003, to be exact), through which he's produced 5,247 yards from scrimmage and 34 touchdowns in 40 games. Those numbers make the Cowboys' upcoming decision a no-brainer, especially with DeMarcus Lawrence's long-term extension out of the way. Aside from Lawrence and Elliott, the team also may seek to lock Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper into long-term deals.
Elliott is present Monday for the beginning of the Cowboys' voluntary offseason program, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Elliott hopes to sign a contract extension this offseason but won't apply pressure in the form of a holdout. He's technically entering the final season of his rookie contract, but it's a given that Dallas exercises the fifth-year option to keep him locked in through 2020. With defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (shoulder) signed for five years, the Cowboys now need to work out long-term agreements for Elliott, Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper.
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