Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones discussed the nature of the team's contract negotiations with running back Ezekiel Elliott on Wednesday.
Appearing on The Rich Eisen Show, Jones said the Cowboys speak "very rarely" with Elliott's representatives.
"There's this perception out there about negotiations that there's these ongoing talks that go on hours at a time, and that's just not the case. You kind of set the boundaries of where you think it should be, and certainly they're all represented by very sharp people and they're trying to do the best for their client. You kind of sit there and you stew on it, you think about it, you're always trying to think of something that might bridge the gap. But at the end of the day, this is a distribution dilemma for us."
Eliott has two years remaining on his contract, but he is holding out of Cowboys training camp. Meanwhile, quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper are set to enter the final year of their respective deals.
On Tuesday, ESPN's Josina Anderson reported that Elliott will not play for the Cowboys in 2019 until he receives a new contract. However, she noted the holdout is unlikely to last into the regular season since Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants to get a deal done.