Where does Ezekiel Elliott go from here?
The Dallas Cowboys released Ezekiel Elliott, making the running back a free agent for the first time in his career. The 27-year-old was set to count $16.7 million against the salary cap, and since he will be designated a post-June 1 cut, the team will save nearly $11 million against the 2023 cap but he will count a little more than $6 million against the 2024 cap.
FS1’s Emmanuel Acho had a brutal take about Zeke after his release.
“Zeke hasn’t scored a TD outside the redzone since 2019 and he has 1,100 touches. He has a first-team name, with a second-team game and that’s truly the problem,” Acho said.
In 2019, Elliott signed a six-year extension worth $90 million that included $50 million in guaranteed money, but he never truly lived up to the contract as his numbers steadily declined the past three seasons. Injuries are a huge part of that. He only missed two games last year because of a hyperextended right knee but wore a brace for most of the season.
Elliott was the starter for most of the year, but the team relied more on Pollard last season. Pollard ran for 1,007 yards, scored 12 touchdowns and was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time.
Elliott had a career-low 876 rushing yards in 2022, but he scored 12 touchdowns.
He finishes his career with the Cowboys with 1,881 carries for 8,262 yards and 68 rushing touchdowns.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.