The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... The Cowboys open camp at the end of the week. Will Elliott report with his teammates? NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Zeke and his camp have still not decided whether or not the running back will hold out or show up when veterans report on Friday. "From what I'm told, as recently as yesterday, all options are still on the table," Rapoport said. "(Elliott) still has not yet firmly decided whether or not he is going to hold out.”
Diehards Line: Rapport added, “If he does not hold out, that means contract talks are going in the right direction or at least he trusts the Cowboys to get a deal done. ..." Elliott has two years left on his rookie contract, slated to earn $3.853 million this season and $9.099 million on the fifth-year option in 2020, guaranteed for injury only. As NFL.com notes, the running back's only leverage at this point is to withhold services. His decision to show up or not will clearly tell us where the team and back are at in negotiations. With Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper also looking to get paid, the Cowboys' contract situations are coming to a head as we enter training camp. ... Stay tuned.