The NFL’s all-time rushing king isn’t happy with how the Dallas Cowboys’ did business.
Earlier this week, the Cowboys released two-time rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott in a cap-saving move, ending his seven-year tenure with the organization. Dallas is moving forward with 2022 rushing leader Tony Pollard, who was assigned the franchise tag ahead of free agency.
Cowboys legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith isn’t the slightest bit pleased with the release of Elliott. The three-time Super Bowl champion commented on the a team Instagram post that shared a photo of Elliott, writing that “the NFL stands for not the law” and warning players “go get your money because they have no love for you.”
You can see a screenshot of Smith’s comment below:
After winning his second rushing title in three years, Elliott was awarded a giant six-year contract extension worth $90 million in 2019. Elliott’s level of play declined over time, however, and the aforementioned Pollard eventually replaced him as the new RB1 in Dallas.
Though Elliott had 38 more carries, Pollard wound up leading Dallas in rushing by a considerable margin (1,007 to 876 for Zeke). Though the former Pro Bowl back had 12 rushing touchdowns, he also recorded a career-low 3.8 yards per carry.
The running back is a devaluing position, and it simply doesn’t make sense for any team to pay huge dollars to multiple running backs. Jerry Jones has been loyal to his best players for a long time, but ultimately, the salary cap situation made it practically impossible to keep Elliott.
For his career, Elliott has 8,262 rushing yards and 68 rushing touchdowns to go along with 305 receptions for 2,336 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.