Ezekiel Elliott's holdout continues and the ball is reportedly in Elliott's court.
Jane Slater of the NFL reports that Elliott's camp has not yet responded to the team's offer.
] On Friday, Stephen Cowboys COO Stephen Jones told reporters that the offerings to Elliott, quarterback Dak Prescott, and recipient Amari Cooper were each "solid."
Solid is, of course, the eye of the provider. What is fixed for the cowboys may be soft for Elliott, Prescott, and / or Cooper.
It is unclear whether the two sides have exchanged other offers. In many cases, the first offer of each page helps to set the parameters and to determine the ballpark of the respective basic positions.
The offer of the team, however, always has a more tangible quality than the demand of the player. The team's offer represents money on the table, sits there and smiles at the player with the reality that it can never return when it goes away.
What Elliott wants is one thing. What the cowboys put on the table and whether Elliott will say no is all that matters in the end. The delay, however, has an effect on Elliott's advantage, as the urgency of getting the cowboys to put more money on the table just to do the damn thing.