Ezekiel Elliott: I Want To Be A Cowboy For The Rest Of My Life

105.3 The Fan
August 26, 2019 - 10:00 am
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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has spoken publicly for the first time during his holdout from the team, saying how much he enjoys playing with a star on his helmet.

“It’s great being a Dallas Cowboy. The fanbase we have is the biggest in football, probably the biggest in sports. It’s a dream come true," Elliott said in an exclusive interview with Maxim.

Elliott has been absent from the team throughout training camp as he searches for a new deal despite being under contract through next season. And with less than two weeks to go until their first regular-season game, time is running out to get him ready for the New York Giants. 

105.3 The Fan's Jonathan Shipman and Kevin Turner exclusively reported Friday that Elliott had booked a flight home from Cabo San Lucas and that a deal is imminent. For his part, Cowboys COO Stephen Jones said on 105.3 The Fan Friday that he's "very confident" the deal will get done prior to week one.  

Elliott has been known to be looking to best the deal the Los Angeles Rams gave to Todd Gurley, which Zeke also addressed in the Maxim article. 

“Until the very recent deal with Todd Gurley [four years, $60 million], I think there was an undervalue of the running back,” claims Elliott. “But with guys like Gurley getting drafted so high, then me, and now guys like Saquon [Barkley] getting drafted in the first round, I think we’ve done a great job of bringing back the value of the position, showing the importance of the running back."

It's unknown how quickly a deal will come together in the next week-and-a-half, but it's clear that Elliott wants to be in Dallas for the foreseeable future and beyond. 

"I do want to be a Cowboy for the rest of my life and hopefully that’s a possibility. But even Emmitt Smith...ended up going to play (for another team). So it’s just the nature of the game, but I want to be a Dallas Cowboy for as long as I can.”