The Facts: Labor Day marks the first day of the NFL's Week 1 schedule. It also marks a pivotal day in the Elliott negotiations. The Dallas Cowboys and Zeke's reps negotiated over the weekend and made "some progress" on a new deal, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, but there are still strides to take.
Diehards Line: "From what I'm told, Ezekiel Elliott's camp and the Cowboys negotiated all weekend trying to strike a deal that would eventually make him the highest-paid running back in football," Rapoport said. "I'm told there has been some progress there. They're not there yet. ... The Cowboys would like him in sooner rather than later." Indeed, with the Cowboys starting their workweek Monday in preparation for Sunday afternoon's opening-day tilt versus the New York Giants, "sooner" is coming up quick. With Zeke still training in Cabo, the sides will need to push talks forward today to get him back in the building and ready for Week 1. The good news? Deadlines spur action. ... Stay tuned.