Jerry Jones can optimistically glow about getting deals done with his trio of stars. Until the pen is put to paper, it's all fluff.
Slater adds that the Cowboys are ready and willing to get deals done, but if both sides can't agree on numbers that make more sense, they're prepared to play this season with each player on a prove-it deal.
The trio of contract situations has been the dominant storyline of Cowboys camp in Oxnard, California, the past few weeks, and will continue to be a daily topic until the team breaks Aug. 15. As things stand now, Jones doesn't seem optimistic that deals will be reached on the west coast.
"Oh, I think you can easily get out of Oxnard (without getting deals done)," Jones told 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday. "Be back in Dallas before anything gets done. As a matter of fact, I don't see any momentum that would lead me to believe we're going to get anything done while we're out here (in Oxnard)."
While Ezekiel Elliott remains in Cabo extending his holdout, Prescott and Cooper have been at camp, and neither seems worried about their deals getting done. The WR and QB can take solace that even if they don't strike it rich in the coming months, it's only a matter of time. With just one franchise tag available, one of the high-profile players would hit the open market in March if a deal can't be struck.
Elliott's situation remains murkier. With two years left on his rookie deal, the running back's only leverage is to withhold services. Tuesday marks a date when it'd been suggested Zeke might return to gain an accrued season toward free agency. But with the Cowboys already picking up his fifth-year option, and the franchise tag potentially looming afterward, the date isn't nearly meaningful enough to coax a change of stance from Zeke's camp -- much like Aaron Donald previously ignored the reporting date. Elliott wants to get paid now. Another year towards free agency isn't going to change his position.