Talks between the Dallas Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott are intensifying and both sides want to sign a new deal this weekend.
The momentum marks a change in the conversations between the cowboys and their star runs back. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said on Thursday after his team's last pre-season game that he was "operating just as if he missed the regular season games".
Jones said he did not have a deadline for a deal done with Elliott, quarterback Dak Prescott, or wide-angle receiver Amari Cooper.
Shortly before the start of the training camp, the Cowboys made an offer to Elliott that would make him the second highest paid return in the NFL behind Todd Gurley of Los Angeles Rams ($ 1
Elliott quit a training camp in a contract dispute and trained in Cabo, while Hall of Famer led Marshall Faulk back. Ed Werder of ESPN announced he was trying to get the race back into shape.
Elliott hastened the NFL in two of his first three seasons, including 1,434 yards last season. He missed six games in 2017 because he was suspended, but still managed to reach 983 yards.
Todd Archer of ESPN contributed to this report.