Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott wasn’t on the plane to training camp in California on Thursday, but he reportedly is asking the Cowboys to get on board with making him the NFL’s highest-paid running back.According to Yahoo Sports, Elliott, who is seeking a contract extension after shouldering a massive workload in his first three seasons in the NFL, is looking for a contract that exceeds Todd Gurley’s four-year, $57.5 million deal ($14.375 million annually) with the Rams. Sterling Shepard injury update: Giants’ potential No. 1 receiver breaks thumb Le’Veon Bell ‘proud’ of Chargers’ Melvin Gordon for holding out Elliott may have been sending up a warning flair Thursday by not being on the plane to camp that was carrying a majority of the Cowboys.His absence didn’t appear to faze his teammates, including Frederick, whose $56.4 million extension during training camp in 2016 made him the highest-paid center in the league. “This game’s a business and everyone has to treat it as such,” Frederick told reporters after the team landed (via USA Today). “I certainly hold no hard feelings to anyone that’s trying to do that, get the business done and protect themselves and their family.“We’re going to work with the guys that we have. That’s not a dig at anybody. That’s just how it works.”Linebacker Jaylon Smith added: “I love the hell out of Zeke.”The Cowboys’ first practice in Oxnard, California, isn’t until Saturday and players technically aren’t required to be present until Friday, in time for physicals and a conditioning test, before they are considered late for camp and subject to fines.The Cowboys have expressed an interest in working out a new deal with Elliott, but it takes time.”Well, I think those are all a work in progress,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said in May. “Certainly we’ve got a couple years there with Zeke to get that done. We certainly want to get him done.”He’s the straw, if you will, that stirs our drink. He’s a key part of what we’re about. Those things take time to get done. They don’t happen overnight. Certainly, he’s a priority in terms of ultimately getting him signed. There hasn’t really been a timetable put on this.” Redskins’ quarterback competition ‘might come down to the wire,’ Jay Gruden says On Ezekiel Elliott and the #Cowboys, I’m told the extension Elliott is looking for would exceed Todd Gurley’s four-year $57.5 million deal. Which means Dallas could eventually have 3 players (including QB Dak Prescott & WR Amari Cooper) among the top 3 salaries at their position.— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) July 26, 2019That sort of deal, Yahoo Sports notes, means the Cowboys eventually could have multiple offensive players among the NFL’s highest-paid at their respective positions: Elliott, quarterback Dak Prescott, wide receiver Amari Cooper and center Travis Frederick.Right now, though, the Cowboys seemingly will prioritize Prescott, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract that will pay him just more than $2 million for 2019, and aren’t rushing to work out a deal with Elliott, who still has two years remaining on his contract. Related News Cardinals’ Kyler Murray starts training camp as ‘the future of the franchise,’ coach Kliff Kingsbury says Elliott, 24, has spent his entire career with the Cowboys after being selected fourth overall in the 2016 draft.His base salary for 2019 is $3.9 million, and the team last month picked up the fifth-year option of his rookie contract that will pay him $9.1 million for 2020.The All-Pro, a workhorse in the Cowboys’ offense, earned his second rushing title in three years with 1,434 yards on a league-high 304 carries with six touchdowns last season. He added 77 receptions for 567 yards with three TDs.