Appearing this morning on PFT Live, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports explained that the Cowboys hoped to get a deal done on Sunday to ensure that he’d be available for the full week of preparation in advance of the Week One game against the Giants.

Elliott’s camp likely sensed the urgency; they waited through most of the day to respond to the Cowboys’ latest offer, contributing to the frustration the organization felt when Elliott’s response showed less movement than the team would have liked.

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The problem at this point, as Robinson explained it, isn’t the dollars but the structure. And that’s one of the problems, from the team’s perspective, with the deal given last year by the Rams to running back Todd Gurley.

It’s one thing to beat Gurley’s new-money average of $14.375 million. It’s quite another to match the terms regarding the vesting of guarantees.

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