Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones likes to say that deadlines make deals, but when it comes to Ezekiel Elliott, he does not see the approaching Sept. 8 regular-season opener as a deadline.

The Cowboys have said they wanted to sign Elliott, Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper to long-term contract extensions, but negotiations with all three have gone slowly.

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Last week, executive vice president Stephen Jones expressed confidence on The Fan that a deal with Elliott could be reached before the season.

Jerry Jones went so far as to see the positive of Elliott missing games, at least early in the season.

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