In response to our report that Cowboys is running back Ezekiel Elliott has personally said he intends not to appear as a training camp missing a new contract, Yahoo Sports's Charles Robinson has put some bone on the bone.
In a series of tweets Robinson reports that Elliot has not made a firm resolve to hold on, but that "he absolutely thinks about it and definitely wants an extension in work." Robinson also believes that if the cowboys are not "proactive" on a deal, "this can happen quickly." "It's not yet," Robinson explains. "This will be an important week."
Although the notion that Elliott has taken a "firm decision" to hold is not fully and completely related to our report, she confirms that something happened at a time when it was believed that Eliot would not stood up. And Elliot may tell people that he plans to stay in order to make the cowboys take the situation seriously.
The cowboys have shown that there is no urgency to extend Elliot's deal, partly because he is under contract for another two years. This has prompted speculation in some circles that they will not try to prolong it this year or perhaps next year.
"Of course, we have several years where Zick will do that," said Cowboys COO Steven Jones. PFT in May. – We certainly want to do it. It is the straw, if you will, it will make us drink. It is a key part of what we are dealing with. These things take time to get it done. They do not happen overnight. Of course, he is a priority in terms of signing it. There was practically no timing for that.
Eliot seems to set a timetable on it if not to make a deal to take a step on that. And the threat that the drink will have to be stirred seems real.