Jason Garrett was convinced Ekeziel Elliott would be on the team’s flight to Los Angeles for Dallas Cowboys training camp.
On Thursday, Elliott reportedly was not on that flight, per Jane Slater of NFL Network.
Elliott, of course, is angling for a contract extension and was rumored to be at least considering a training camp holdout to apply leverage to Dallas.
While he is technically not a holdout yet, Elliott is sending a message here. There is a chance he could take a flight and arrive before he’s technically a holdout, but it stands to reason he’d have been there on Thursday for the team flight if he wanted to report.
Set to earn just over $3.8 million in base salary this year, Elliott certainly deserves a raise. He has racked up 4,048 yards and 28 touchdowns on the ground in his first three years as a pro and is the key cog in Dallas’ offense.