With both sides entrenched in their positions regarding the final year of Earl Thomas' contract, there's no indication that the three-time All-Pro will be on the field when Seattle opens the season at Denver on Sept. 9.
The Cowboys aren't the only team circling overhead, preparing to swoop in for a potential steal in trade talks.
"We all know he has not reported to Seattle," NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported on Thursday's edition of Total Access Live. "The Dallas Cowboys have been viewed as the main contender for Thomas. But my understanding is multiple other teams have reached out recently to show interest in acquiring Thomas.
"Everyone in our locker room knows that Earl loves the Cowboys," former teammate Cliff Avril testified last month. "I mean, he grew up in Texas. That's just who he is. He will leave immediately after work just to catch them play on Monday Night Football."
The Seahawks have shown no inclination to negotiate a new contract with Thomas. Nor have they offered any indication that they are prepared to accept value below a second-round pick as trade compensation.
Which side will cave first? Will Thomas eventually report to the Seahawks to ensure his free agency status for 2019? Will Seattle end up adjusting his contract just to move the ball forward for the coming season? Or will an interested team solve the conundrum by appeasing both Seattle's trade demands as well as Thomas' contract wishes?