The Andrew Luck retirement shocker has become the No. 1 story in the NFL heading into the 2019 regular season, though Ezekiel Elliott and his contract situation with the Dallas Cowboys isn't far behind.
Elliott, who's holding out with two years remaining on his rookie deal, wants to become the highest-paid running back in the NFL. The Cowboys have reportedly offered him a contract that would make him the second highest-paid running back in the league, trailing Todd Gurley.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been upfront and honest throughout this process, perhaps to a fault.
Jones was asked about the negotiations with Elliott following his team's dominant preseason win over Houston on Saturday night.
"You never know until it's done. And I don't know. It could drag on or it could happen quickly," Jones said.
That isn't exactly what Cowboys fans want to hear, even though it's probably the truth.
Dallas is two weeks away from opening its 2019 regular season against the New York Giants and at this point, it's unclear if the Cowboys will have their star running back on the field.
The Cowboys and the Giants are set to kick off at 4:25 p.m. E.T. on Sept. 8. The game will be televised on FOX.