Ezekiel Elliot is currently not on the plane to Los Angeles like the rest of his Dallas Cowboys teammates and coaches for the start of training camp, according to multiple sources who told ESPN on Thursday morning.
From what is currently being said, this doesn’t necessarily mean the Zeke will not report to camp. Players technically have until Friday morning to report to the team hotel near the camp for physicals and conditioning tests or else they are subject to be fined.
Rumors have been cycling around this entire offseason that Zeke was going to hold off in hopes of landing a long-term contract with the Cowboys, but the surprising thing is that Zeke did not miss a minute of voluntary OTAs. Zeke is still currently under contract for two more years and is set to make $3.85 million this year and $9.09 million next year since the Cowboys picked up his fifth year option this spring.
If Zeke ends up not showing up to camp, he will be fined $30,000 each day missed, and is he decides to hold off on any preseason games he will be fined $226,000 per game. A hefty price to pay when trying to seek more money, but Zeke is not alone. Saints WR Michael Thomas and Chargers RB Melvin Gordon have also chosen to sit out training camp in hopes of signing new deals.
Whether you agree with players doing this or not, it seems like it’s the newest trend in the current sports climate.