Jason Witten downplays Ezekiel Elliott’s Cabo trip
Jason Witten knows a thing or two about how NFL players taking a trip to Mexico at a questionable time may not necessarily have the best optics, but the Dallas Cowboys tight end believes the controversy surrounding Ezekiel Elliott setting up shop in Cabo is being overplayed.
Elliott of course is embroiled in a contract dispute with the Cowboys and is absent from training camp. The running back is not simply staying away from Oxnard, Calif., amid his holdout, however, as he is currently in Cabo San Lucas.
Witten, as noted, found himself in the center of scandal when he, Tony Romo and Bobby Carpenter hit up Cabo while the Cowboys enjoyed a bye week during the playoffs in 2007. Witten was quick to point out that situation was a far different one than what is currently going on with Elliott.
“Yeah, my situation certainly, absolutely many years ago,” Witten said from Cowboys training camp, via SportsDay. “In (Elliott’s) I really don’t think it matters. It’s warm weather, he’s going out there and probably got a good team around him somewhere (where) he can train and not get bothered. I get that. I don’t think it’s a concern on my end or on this football team’s end.”
Witten later doubled-down on his belief that Elliott isn’t just relaxing on the beach down in Cabo, opining that the running back is keeping himself in shape should a deal end the stalemate.
“I don’t know if we have a guy on this football team that loves football and enjoys being one of the guys in the locker room and in these meetings. … He’s going to work hard and he’s going to be prepared and I know he’s preparing himself to carry the workload like he has in his entire career,” Witten said. “I don’t see that being an issue of where he’s doing his training at.”
It sounds like Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will play hardball with Elliott over a new deal, so despite Witten downplaying things, there’s a decent chance the star back’s sojourn south could end up being an extended one.