Cowboys set to cut Ezekiel Elliott
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The Dallas Cowboys have decided to cut Ezekiel Elliott, according to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Elliott, who was a first-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, could be cut as soon as today. In his rookie season, Elliott enjoyed an outstanding year but in every year since then his numbers have been declining.
Under the current contract, Elliott would count $16.72 million against the Cowboys' salary cap. Elliott's production hasn't been matching up the money he is being paid and the Cowboys moving on from the running back is somewhat expected.
Elliott knew there was a possibility of being cut
After the Cowboys' 2022 season ended, Elliott knew that there was a chance he would be cut in the offseason. "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. Earlier this month, the Cowboys used their franchise tag on running back Tony Pollard. With that move, the Cowboys signaled that they were very happy with what Pollard was bringing to the table.
While Elliott was missing some games in November, Pollard stepped up and played great for the Cowboys. At the time, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones praised Pollard but also said Elliott would remain their starting running back.
“I think Tony answered, visibly, what most thought and that is that he’s an outstanding weapon to win football games with, to be trite. He can do it and he can do it at this level, consistently. But, yes I expect Zeke back against Green Bay,” Jones said at the time.
Now that Elliott is set to become a free agent, there will certainly be a list of teams interested in his services. But one thing is for sure - Elliott definitely won't be paid big money wherever he signs.