For those who circled Tuesday on their calendar as a key date in this showdown between Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys, for those convinced this day will somehow reveal Elliott’s resolve or intentions if he doesn’t report, we offer this public service announcement.
Does Elliott forfeit a year of credit toward free agency if he’s not in training camp by Tuesday? Yes. He will be stuck on three years of service and lose out on accruing that fourth year, even if he does come back and play this
But it doesn’t matter at this stage. The Cowboys have already picked up Elliott’s fifth-year option. He has two years left on his contract, and the club can apply the franchise tag after that to prevent the Pro Bowl running back from reaching free agency. Failing to report by Tuesday doesn’t materially impact his ability to hit the open market now.
This holdout isn’t about Elliott becoming a free agent. This holdout is about the desire of the league’s leading rusher to get a new contract. Tuesday will be just another day in training camp for the Cowboys.
A day without Ezekiel Elliott.