Stephen Jones “Very Optimistic” About Cowboys Signing Ezekiel Elliott To New Deal

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Dallas Cowboys executive Vice President Stephen Jones says he’s very optimistic the team will get a deal done with Ezekiel Elliott prior to Week 1, per 105.3 The Fan.

“We feel confident things will get done,” said Jones during his weekly radio appearance on 105.3 The Fan. “Things happen real quick, sometime within hours.”

Jones also said he didn’t think the two sides were close because there hasn’t been a lot of activity. Ed Werder reported the team offered to make him one of the two highest-paid running backs in the NFL. Exact figures are not known but they’re believed to be less than Todd Gurley, the highest-paid running back in the league, but more than Le’Veon Bell.

Adam Schefter reports Elliott currently weighs in the low 220s, which would be his lowest weight since his rookie season.

Elliot still has two years remaining on his rookie contract that he signed in 2016, which was for $24.9 million, fully guaranteed and included a $16.3 million signing bonus. Elliot is due to make $3.85 million this season.

Last year, Elliott played in 15 games where he rushed for 1434 yards and six touchdowns. He added 77 receptions for 567 yards and three touchdowns.