Few people have been around Jerry Jones as long as Jason Witten. The longtime Dallas Cowboys tight end came out of retirement this offseason to play his 16th season for Jones' team.
So perhaps that's why Witten wasn't phased by Jones' "Zeke who?" barb after Saturday's preseason game. Jones was asked about rookie running back Tony Pollard, who has been filling in for Elliott during his training camp hold out.
Witten told the Star-Telegram that he found the comment to be pretty humorous.
“I thought it was a beautiful comment,” Witten said during a promotional visit to Dick’s Sporting Goods in Euless. “Like everybody, I hope this gets resolved and Zeke is in there sooner rather than later.”
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“No, it wouldn’t bother me. It didn’t bother Zeke either,” he said. “Trust me, there’s nobody who loves Ezekiel Elliott more than Jerry Jones does. I wouldn’t have taken it that way and I’m sure Zeke didn’t either.”
While Witten might have found Jones' comment funny, Elliott's agent Rocky Arceneaux said he and his client found it "disrespectful."
Elliott has two years remaining on his rookie deal, but is seeking a long-term contract that would put him at or near the top of the running back food chain.
Thus far, progress has not been made on a deal.