Contrary to what has been reported by many, Todd Archer of ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott did not in fact discuss a contract on Sunday.
As Archer noted, this doesn’t mean that a deal cannot quickly come together. However, his report was also complemented by WFAA’s Mike Leslie, who had previously reported that things were “very close.” A couple hours after his first report, Leslie reported another source within the Cowboys organization expressing less optimism while saying the likelihood of Elliott being available for Week 1 was “50/50.”
At this point, fans must be sick and tired of all the conflicting reports. What everyone wants is for this entire thing to be in the rear-view mirror, because Elliott is the primary cog in Dallas’ offense. With him, the team has a shot to win the Super Bowl. Without him, that’s very much in question.
Elliott appears to want nothing less than to be paid more than any running back in the league. Dallas has made it clear that it does not want to set a new market. That’s been the issue standing between the two parties since before training camp began, and it seems to still be a huge issue.