Cowboys And Elliott 'Close' To New Deal

Mike Fisher
September 01, 2019 - 12:16 pm
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott

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FRISCO (105.3 The Fan) - When Ezekiel Elliott returns - something both sides of his contract extension dispute thinks can happen quickly - what roster move will the Dallas Cowboys make? 

Charles Robinson of Yahoo notes on Sunday morning that Dallas is "close to completing a contract extension with running back Ezekiel Elliott,'' adding that he's "reporting this. Not speculating.''

This jives with what we've been saying in this space since Tuesday, with the acceleration on the possibility of Elliott agreeing to the Cowboys' recent "Gurley-like'' offer pushing us to suggest that Zeke might be in uniform in time for Monday's 10:45 a.m. practice here inside The Star as Dallas prepares for its Week 1 game against the New York Giants. 

 How close is Elliott to a contract extension in the minds of the Cowboys? Close enough that here inside the building, team officials are weighing which roster move to make to accompany the signing.

There has been speculation that Zeke in would mean fellow running back Alfred Morris out. If that ever was the plan, I believe it's been dumped now that Jordan Chunn is dinged up. Morris is here to stay, I think.

No, there is a reason Dallas as it made its cuts went heavy on the offensive line, to the tune of 11 guys. And that reason is because one (or more) of them is destined to be gone when Zeke shows up.

There exist three possibilities:

1) Dallas can move Connor McGovern to IR. As we reported last Tuesday, the prized rookie suffered a setback in his pec rehab. 

He can't help the club now. But doing his transaction this way allows him to return during the season. IR makes sense.

2) Brandon Knight made the 53. That constituted a surprise; he's the fourth tackle. But maybe not for long.

3) Adam Redmond has position flex, so he has some value. But I'm told that he's the guy other teams were calling about in trade talks. Would Dallas rather have Redmond or, say, a seventh-round pick? If Zeke shows up any time soon, maybe the Cowboys put Redmond back on the trade block, and there's your opening.

And assuming Zeke is back soon? There is your NFC East title contender, re-assembled.