Report: Ezekiel Elliott Privately Said He's Planning Training-Camp Holdout

Josh Clark
July 15, 2019 - 12:53 pm

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has said privately that he'll sit out training camp unless he gets a new contract, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported Monday. 

The Cowboys signed defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence early in the offseason and have since turned their attention to other players whose deals will expire in the next couple of years. Quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Coope are at the top of the list of players the Cowboys would like to extend as their contracts are set to end after the 2019-20 season.

Elliott will earn $3.85 million and $9.09 million in the final two years of his contract and ultimately could be looking for at least $10 million annually on his next deal, per Florio. 

The rusher spoke about a possible contract extension at the Cowboys Home Run Derby in May, saying he wasn't concerned about it. Elliott was then asked to elaborate a little bit on how he deals with all the noise surrounding contract talks?

“Just go out there and play football,'' he said. "Do what I’ve been doing."

The Cowboys have suggested on numerous occasions this offseason that Elliott is one of several players they'd like to sign to a long-term contract extension. 

"Well, I think those are all a work in progress," Stephen Jones said in regards to the Amari Cooper and Dak Prescott negotiations, via Pro Football Talk. "Certainly we've got a couple years there with Zeke to get that done. We certainly want to get him done. He's the straw, if you will, that stirs our drink. He's a key part of what we're about. Those things take time to get done. They don't happen overnight. Certainly, he's a priority in terms of ultimately getting him signed. There hasn't really been a timetable put on this."

Over the weekend, it was reported that a security guard was filing charges against Elliott after the running back pushed him at Las Vegas music festival back in May. The NFL elected not to suspend Elliott for the incident and Elliott was never charged with a crime. Elliott met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earlier this month and released a statement apologizing for the incident. 

In 2018, Elliott led the NFL in rushing with 1,434 yards on 304 carries. It was the second time Elliott won the league's rushing title in his three years in the league. 

The Cowboys used a fourth-round pick on Memphis running back Tony Pollard and a seventh-round pick on Ohio State back Mike Weber to help ease the burden on Elliott in 2019, but Zeke said he isn't ready to slow down. 

“I haven’t worn down yet,” Elliott said at the derby.  

Dallas picked up the fifth-year option on Elliott's rookie contract in April.