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Report: “all options on the table” for Ezekiel Elliott regarding potential holdout

SB Nation logo SB Nation 7/22/2019 RJ Ochoa
Ezekiel Elliott smiling for the camera © Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

It could be an interesting week for Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys.

There is a lot of talk happening everywhere, such is the case when the NFL offseason is in its eleventh hour. These days a lot of talk is regarding Ezekiel Elliott.

Last week it was reported that the running back was considering a potential holdout at the beginning of training camp (Dallas leaves for Oxnard on Thursday). Over the weekend it was reported that he was planning on leaving the country this week, the timing of that surely is one that makes you scratch your chin.

It’s certainly worth noting that today, Monday, is Zeke’s 24th birthday. Maybe the alleged plans to leave the United States were birthday-related, maybe they weren’t, maybe they weren’t even real. We simply don’t know at this point. What we do know is that apparently all options are “on the table” for Elliott with regards to showing up or holding out.

Rapoport says that as recently as Sunday he was told that Elliott had “not yet firmly decided” whether he was going to hold out. Again, this isn’t necessarily cause for panic (largely because even if he did holdout this is the beginning of camp we’re talking about), but it appears as if the idea of Zeke holding out does in fact hold at least some water.

Rapoport also expands on an idea that makes sense in terms of what a Zeke holdout would or would not mean:

  • He does hold out: Contract negotiations aren’t going well. It would not be fun.
  • He does not hold out: Talks are progressing in the direction he likes.

There are still a few days before Thursday so if there is in fact a ball that needs to be pushed over the proverbial goal line then the Cowboys still have time to get it done. With contract attention seemingly being devoted to Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper lately we can now firmly add Elliott to that mix.


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