In response to our report that cowboys who ran back from Ezekiel Elliott privately said he does not want to go to training camp without a new contract, Charles Robinson from Yahoo Sports has some meat on their bones placed.
Robinson reports in a series of tweets that Elliott did not make a firm decision to persevere, but that he "absolutely thinks about it and in any case desires an expansion in the works".
Robinson also believes that if the cowboys are not "proactive", "this could quickly go sideways".
"It does not have that yet," explains Robinson. "This will be an important week."
Although the idea that Elliott did not make a "firm decision" is not fully and completely in line with our report, it confirms that something is not right at the time that Elliott was believed would not withstand. And it's possible Elliott privately lets people know that he's planning on doing something to get the cowboys to take the situation seriously.
The cowboys have shown little urgency to extend Elliott's business, also because he is under contract for another two years. This has led to speculation in some quarters that they will not renew it in this year or maybe next year.
"We sure have a few years with Zeke to get it done," said Stephen Jones, COO of Cowboys PFT in May. "We definitely want to finish him. He is the straw that stirs up our drink. He is an important part of what we are about. These things take time to get done. They do not happen overnight. Certainly it is a priority when it comes to signing it eventually. It was not really a timetable set up. "
Elliott seems to set a timetable, if not, to make an agreement to take steps in that direction. And the danger that the drink has to stir itself seems to be real.