Cowboys Rumors: Ezekiel Elliott 'Ready to Go' If He, DAL Can Agree New Contract

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 15, 2019

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) walks onto the field during warm ups before an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
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Ezekiel Elliott's private workouts in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, during his holdout seem to be effective at keeping him in prime condition.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the running back will be "ready to go" if and when he's able to work out an agreement with the Dallas Cowboys on a new contract.

Schefter noted Elliott's weight is currently in the low 220s, the lightest he's been since his rookie season in 2016.

Kevin Turner of 105.3 The Fan reported in July that Elliott was going to Cabo. Per TMZ Sports, he previously trained in Cabo during the 2017 season while he was serving a six-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

The Cowboys have also been negotiating extensions with quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper, who are entering the final year of their deals.

David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reported Aug. 6 that Dallas' most recent offers to the trio would make them among the five highest-paid players at their respective positions.

Per ESPN's Josina Anderson, one source said it's unlikely Elliott's holdout lasts into the regular season "based on the belief that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants to get a new deal done before Week 1."

Elliott still has two years and $12.9 million remaining on his rookie contract. His $3.85 million salary in 2019 ranks 12th among running backs.

In three NFL seasons, Elliott has led the league in rushing yards per game three times and total rushing yards in 2016 and 2018. The 24-year-old also set career highs with 77 receptions, 567 receiving yards and 2,001 yards from scrimmage last season.

The Cowboys host the New York Giants in their regular-season opener Sept. 8.

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