The Dallas Cowboys reported to training camp last week with one notable omission.
Star running back Ezekiel Elliott failed to travel with the team to camp and remains absent from team activities this week.
According to multiple reports, Zeke traveled to Cabo as he hold out from camp while fighting for a new contract. Although he has two years left on his rookie contract, the former Ohio State star wants to be the highest-paid running back in the league – now.
After nearly a week of public comments from both sides, it appears Elliott and the Cowboys are not close to a deal.
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones’ latest comment suggests Zeke won’t receive a contract any time soon.
Here’s what he said via David Moore of the Dallas Morning News.
“We can’t push the issue unless we want to be a market-setter and we’re damn sure not going to be a market-setter because of all the things that go with being a Dallas Cowboy.
We want our players to feel good about their contracts. But at the same time, we don’t want to do things that are out of line because we can’t afford to be that way. When we save money, whether it’s with Dak, whether it’s with Zeke, whether it’s with Amari, it’s not saving Jerry and I a dollar. It’s just money that’s going to another player.”
Elliott led the NFL in rushing last season – the second time he’s done so since entering the league.
However, it looks like the Cowboys aren’t willing to make a sizable offer.