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The Dallas Cowboys reportedly have upped their contract offer to Ezekiel Elliott in the hopes of getting him back to the team before the start of the regular season.

According to Mike Fisher of Maven Sports, Dallas’ new contract offer to Elliott would put his annual salary “close to the Todd Gurley range.”

Previously, it had been reported that the Cowboys were offering Elliott a deal that put him in between Gurley ($14 million per year) and Le’Veon Bell ($13 million per year).

The big catch here is that Fisher reports Dallas still does not want to give Elliott the kind of guaranteed money Gurley received in his huge contract extension with the Los Angeles Rams.

Elliott himself has recently shown through his social media interactions that he believes he’s worth quite a bit more than any other running back in the league. So, despite an increase in annual salary here, this reported offer may not be nearly enough to get the star running back to quit his holdout and return to the ‘Boys.

Stay tuned.

Jesse Reed
Managing Editor at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.