On “X”, formerly known as Twitter, Elliott wrote “One Five, all the way live ! @Patriots.” The “One Five” is a reference to the No. 15 that the two-time rushing champion will be wearing with New England.
Elliott met with the Patriots back in July, but he departed from Foxborough without a deal. Two weeks later, the 2016 first-round pick is finally back on an NFL roster with the regular season less than a month away.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported that Elliott’s contract is for one year with a max value of $6 million. Elliott was released by the Dallas Cowboys earlier this offseason in a cap-saving move, and it surprisingly took five months for him to find his next team.
The Patriots consistently field one of the NFL’s top rushing offenses under head coach Bill Belichick. Elliott is sure to get his fair share of carries in a prolific ground game led by 2022 1,000-yard rusher Rhamonde Stevenson.
Belichick took seemingly past-their-prime running backs Corey Dillon and LeGarrette Blount and helped them both enjoy 1,000-yard and Super Bowl-winning seasons. So ultimately, nobody should be surprised if Belichick succeeds with Elliott as his new reclamation project.
The Patriots will open their 2023 regular season with a home game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 10.
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