Report: Ezekiel Elliott hasn’t “firmly decided” to hold out

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A week ago, it looked like the Cowboys wouldn’t be giving running back Ezekiel Elliott a new contract, and that Elliott happily would show up for training camp without one. Today, that hardly appears to be quite so automatic.

We reported on Monday that Elliott was privately saying he planned to hold out, absent a new deal. Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports followed that by explaining that the coming week was critical, and that the situation could go “sideways fast.”

On Saturday, we added that Elliott’s resolved had strengthened to the point that plans apparently were being made to travel out of the country in lieu of showing up for the start of training camp on Thursday. Now, a week later, the issue officially has hit the middle of the mainstream, with Ian Rapoport of the NFL choosing his words carefully but unmistakably confirming that Elliott may indeed be holding out.

Rapoport reports that Elliott hasn’t “firmly decided” to hold out, which can fairly be read to mean that he has decided to hold out, but that the decision isn’t firm or irrevocable. And common sense tells us that a decision to hold out wouldn’t be firm or final, because it’s subject to whatever happens before the plane leaves from Dallas to Oxnard.

As to Elliott, Rapoport boils it down like this: If Elliott doesn’t hold out, “that means contract negotiations are going in the right direction or at least he trusts the Cowboys to get a deal done.” If Elliott does hold out, it means that negotiations haven’t gone well.

So, basically, Elliott is ready to hold out, and at this point whether a holdout won’t happen depends not on anything Elliott does but on what the Cowboys do.

29 responses to “Report: Ezekiel Elliott hasn’t “firmly decided” to hold out

  1. Just starting a season with a roster that is talented enough, has experience playing together, can stay healthy and are happy about their contracts is an amazingly hard thing to do.

  2. I would suggest letting him hold out and if desired, he may leave football and use is talents in private industry…that is if he has any?

  3. Is there any chance Dallas elects not to pay him and trade him to a team that will? They hold his rights for a couple more years at $17m.

  4. “Just starting a season with a roster that is talented enough, has experience playing together, can stay healthy and are happy about their contracts is an amazingly hard thing to do.”
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    Pats manage it (maybe one holdout in 2 decades) & Belichick would’ve traded Zeke by now. And plenty other teams get by without too much drama. The problem is for teams who take Jerrah’s approach – who go for raw ability regardless of a player’s background or personality. Totally classless.

  5. Zeke would be wise to just show up, ball out, and trust that Jerry will take care of him when the time is actually right… which isn’t right now. And, oh yeah, stay the heck out of trouble for the next year or two!! 🙂

  6. 17 + million over the next two years and he claims poverty and not being treated correctly? The Cowboys unlike other teams with their players stood by him during his troubles.

  7. NOT A COWBOYS FAN HERE.
    I wanted to make that clear. But Ezekiel Elliott, if you are listening to me, do your thing. Play your game. And to play your game, you’ve got to be in uniform. The money will take care of itself, either in Dallas or somewhere else, probably Dallas, because JJ doesn’t like to let big stars get away.
    Don’t listen to pundits telling you to hold out, not with contracts for Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper coming up. Your turn is coming. Don’t blow it.

  8. I don’t trust Rappaport as far as I could throw him. Best to find a more reputable source. The local Cowboys insiders such as Mike Fisher can be source for a wealth of knowledge for true Cowboys fans.

    If you haven’t caught on, this is an age old debate the happens every year. Same story, different team and player(s). Very rarely will you not see the player week one. So stress through it all you want, but Elliott is a Cowboys under contract for this year, and next. He isn’t going anywhere.

  9. Am I the only guy disappointed he didn’t get a 1 or 2 game slap on the wrist suspension for his Las Vegas incident?

    If that had happened his leverage would have been zero and there is no way he threatens to hold out.

  10. Maybe Dallss should just give him a bonus before start of camp with all the cap room we currently have. Unless we use it to sign Dak and Amari. It would be a good gesture with no longer term repercussions. We need to be all in and win this year. So if anyone had to walk next year we would at least have a ring, if we don’t win now losing them will set us back on our road to six!

  11. This is the thing that pisses me off about these guys. they sign a contract, get more money than majority of us will ever see in multiple lifetimes and then they whine about it after and wanted more money and a new contract. Talk about lack of integrity. You signed a freaking contract!! FULFILL IT! spoiled, egotistic, entitled children. Be a man and stick to your word and the contract you LEGALLY SIGNED! Pathetic.

  12. Brian Caruk says:
    July 22, 2019 at 11:11 am
    This is the thing that pisses me off about these guys. they sign a contract, get more money than majority of us will ever see in multiple lifetimes and then they whine about it after and wanted more money and a new contract. Talk about lack of integrity. You signed a freaking contract!! FULFILL IT! spoiled, egotistic, entitled children. Be a man and stick to your word and the contract you LEGALLY SIGNED! Pathetic.

    Except that the team also signed that same contract, and can cut the player whenever they want and not have to pay it out in full.

  13. He plays a position with the shortest average career length in a sport with the shortest average career lengths in general… and gets hit a LOT… and he’s really good at what he does. Is he an immature tool of the first order? Yep. Should he try to squeeze every penny out of a career that could end at any moment- including in training camp, notably- with the snapping of a tendon, the breaking of a bone, the ripping of a ligament? Yep.

  14. cruzcowboy says:
    July 22, 2019 at 11:03 am
    Maybe Dallss should just give him a bonus before start of camp with all the cap room we currently have. Unless we use it to sign Dak and Amari. It would be a good gesture with no longer term repercussions. We need to be all in and win this year. So if anyone had to walk next year we would at least have a ring, if we don’t win now losing them will set us back on our road to six!

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    A ring? Unless it comes from a cracker-jack box there will be no ring…

  15. imsomeguy says:
    July 22, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Brian Caruk says:
    July 22, 2019 at 11:11 am
    This is the thing that pisses me off about these guys. they sign a contract, get more money than majority of us will ever see in multiple lifetimes and then they whine about it after and wanted more money and a new contract. Talk about lack of integrity. You signed a freaking contract!! FULFILL IT! spoiled, egotistic, entitled children. Be a man and stick to your word and the contract you LEGALLY SIGNED! Pathetic.

    Except that the team also signed that same contract, and can cut the player whenever they want and not have to pay it out in full.

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    What? Not true. The Dallas Cowboys are on the hook for Elliott’s entire cap hit of 8 million if they cut him. If they trade him they are only on the hook for the prorated portion of his bonus. If they trade him the team he is traded to pays his salary. Seems fair.

  16. Zeke’s a blow hard, he doesn’t have the guts to actually hold out. All he’ll do is threaten…..

  17. The poor soul should be locked away at night so as not to harm himself or others.
    By far – one of the dumbest of the dumb. Now, Ezzie, jump into the barrel like a good boy.

  18. Jerruh remembers how close he came to blowing it with Emmit’s holdout. Elliot had Jerruh by the short and curlies the moment he was drafted. If he holds out, the Cowgirls will cave and quickly.

  19. I tend to not get my name in the papers for allegations of sexual or physical assault and not be suspended from work before attempting to get a raise.

    Maybe that’s just me.

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