Ezekiel Elliott will be in Mexico as the Cowboys’ training camp gets underway, but not to party.
The Cowboys running back will be training in Cabo San Lucas as he continues to hold out from preseason duties due to his desire for a new contract, Dallas’ KRLD radio reported Monday, citing a source.
While Elliott served his six-game suspension in 2017, he trained independently in Mexico to stay in shape and likely will be doing the same as negotiations with the Cowboys continue, according to the report.
Elliott, 24, has two years and $12.9 million left on his rookie contract. Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said he is in discussions with Elliott’s camp, but didn’t go further.
“We feel optimistic that things usually work themselves out,” Jones said. “We’ve been doing this for 30 years, so we’re not surprised. It’s a business.”
According to NFL Network, as of Monday morning the Cowboys still haven’t heard from Elliott and his agents about an offer they extended to him. However, the team reportedly isn’t alarmed because the process is expected to take time.
Previous reports have indicated quarterback Dak Prescott and receiver Amari Cooper might be in line to receive their extensions before Elliott gets his. Both are in the final years of their current contracts, but Prescott and Cooper reported to training camp in Oxnard, California, late last week.
“It will happen when it happens,” Prescott said over the weekend of receiving his new deal, via ESPN.com. “I know I’ll be better by the time the regular season starts. That’s my focus.”
Added Cooper: “I haven’t really been thinking about my contract situation because I don’t know. I don’t know why. I want to be here. I want to be out here running routes. I want to be out here catching balls from Dak because I think it’s necessary and I think it’s going to help me achieve what I want to achieve this season.”