Representatives for running back Ezekiel Elliott have told Dallas Cowboys that he will not play in the 2019 season without a new contract, a source close to the situation told ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Tuesday.
The source added that at this time, it is not likely that Elliott’s holdout continues into the regular season, based on the belief that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants to get a new deal done with the running back before Week 1.
Elliott informed the Cowboys that he would not play without a new contract in January, the source said.
On Monday, former NFL running back Eric Dickerson said on FS1’s “Undisputed” that he spoke with Elliott’s agent, Rocky Arceneaux. According to Dickerson, Arceneaux said it was possible Elliott would miss part of the regular season but that they didn’t want that to happen.
Jones said last week that he thought the front office would reach a deal on a contract extension with Elliott but that it would need to allow the Cowboys to keep all its talent “under the same roof.” The Cowboys are also negotiating extensions with quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper.
The owner also said he does not believe there is a time when a deal has to be put in place, such as the start of the regular season.
Since the start of Cowboys training camp, Elliott has been in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to work out, sources previously told ESPN.
Elliott continues to be subject to a fine of $40,000 per day, and the Cowboys can also come after a prorated portion of his signing bonus. If he does not report before Saturday’s preseason opener at the San Francisco 49ers, he could be fined a regular-season game check of roughly $226,000.
He is under contract through 2020 and is set to make $3.853 million this season and $9.09 million next season.