Cowboys intend to ask Ezekiel Elliott to 'take massive pay cut'
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The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly planning to ask Ezekiel Elliott to "take a massive pay cut," per Matt Lombardo of Heavy Sports. Elliott, who has been slowly declining every season since his great rookie year, could be cut by the Cowboys in the offseason.
Under his current contract, Elliott is set to make $10.9 million in 2023. But if the Cowboys cut Elliott, they will save $4.8 million against the salary cap. “The Dallas Cowboys could be on the verge of giving Ezekiel Elliott an ultimatum, as the franchise and running back appear locked in a stare-down as the offseason begins.
According to multiple league sources familiar with the running back market, I’m told the Cowboys are poised to ask Elliott to take a ‘massive pay cut’ in order to stay with the team," Matt Lombardo of Heavy Sports reported.
Elliott on the possibility of getting cut by the Cowboys
After the Cowboys' season came to an end following a 19-12 loss against the San Francisco 49ers in the wild-card round, Elliott admitted he was well aware of the possibility of getting cut in the offseason.
Also, Elliott noted he would like to stay with the Cowboys. "I've definitely thought about it. I want to be here. I don't have a crystal ball. Can't predict the future, but definitely want to be here," Elliott said after the Cowboys' 2022 season ended.
In his rookie season in 2016, Elliott led the league in rushing yards and was also named to the First-Team All-Pro. But since then, Elliott's numbers have been declining. Before the start of the 2022 season, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Elliott was a big part of what they were trying to accomplish in Dallas.
In 2022, Elliott had 876 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Elliott averaged 3.8 rushing yards per carry. It remains to be seen what will the Cowboys do with Elliott in the offseason.