The Dallas Cowboys are in Oxnard, California preparing to begin training camp. Well, not all of them; Ezekiel Elliott is officially a holdout as he didn’t show up to the team plane yesterday and was a no-show as the Cowboys kicked off camp today.
Ezekiel Elliott Holdout
Owner Jerry Jones confirmed that Elliott was considered a holdout at his season-opening press conference and mentioned he was subject to everything under the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement. Jones didn’t answer whether Zeke will get fined for the time he misses and was mum on the subject of money.
Team VP Stephen Jones did say he’s had contract talks with Elliott’s representatives and said the team remains optimistic that a deal will get done.
A full off-season of speculation has led to this moment. There were rumblings that Elliott wouldn’t show up to mini-camps, OTA’s or team workouts, all of which turned out to be false. However, training camp is where Elliott has drawn the line in the sand.
The Cowboys’ brass handled this in a professional manner saying they know it’s a business and are hopeful to get a deal done. However, they also characterized everything correctly because it is a holdout and the team will treat it as such. Jason Garrett and both Joneses also firmly said the team will be moving forward with the guys who came to camp ready to work.
It’s a disappointment to not have Zeke ready to go in training camp, but the today isn’t the biggest date in this ongoing saga. August 6th remains the most important date in Elliott drama, it’s the day where he needs to show up or he’ll lose a year of accrued time. That means if Elliott doesn’t come to camp by that date, the Cowboys would hold his right for three more years before he can become a free agent. It’s been a chore to check in every day to see if Elliott will show, but August 6th is a much bigger deal that July 26th.
The saga continues.
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