When the owner of Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, was surrounded by reporters after Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Rams, he was asked if a beginner would run Tony Pollard's performance back and with a short "Zeke who?" And answered a wink.
The crush around Jones had a laugh. Well, Ezekiel Elliott did not laugh. Elliott is currently staying away from the team, hoping to get a new contract that will bring him to a level that he believes respects his status as one of the league's best defenders.
According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN ] Elliott was not pleased when his agent, Rocky Arcenaux, forwarded the two: "Did not think it was funny … we actually thought it was disrespectful."
Disrespectful here seems to be the determining word. So far, Elliott felt disregarded by the contract offer, or it had been signed, and he would practice with the team.
Many fans and in the media shrugged off Jones's comments as carefree and without reason from offense. Others believe that when it comes to a man and his money, there is no place in public to eliminate the contractual deadlock.
The amount a player receives from his team is counted in dollars and cents. [1
This means that it will not be under the bridge when conditions are agreed, but for now it's a bump on an already stony path.
Elliott returned to Dallas over the weekend, having previously spent his contract training in Cabo while the team trained in Oxnard. After defeating the Rams, the club returned to Dallas to finish the rest of the training camp for the season opener on September 8 against the New York Giants.