With the emergence of Tony Pollard as the explosive and reliable running back in the Dallas Cowboys offense, former NFL leading rusher Ezekiel Elliott is living moments of uncertainty regarding his future not only within the Cowboys organization, but also in the league.
A few days ago, strong rumors circulated that Elliott will have to accept a sharp reduction in his salary or be cut from the team, to which is added a report from several anonymous NFL scouts who, according to the MailOnline, claim that the Cowboys’ number 21 “has very little left in his legs”.
His days in Dallas could be numbered
Elliott has been unable to return to the level that made him the best running back in the NFL for a couple of years now, so the consensus among the league’s expert scouts is that his best moment is behind him.
By 2023, Zeke will have a salary of $10.9 million, but with a salary cap hit of $16.7 million. Analyst Bob Sturm of The Athletic quoted numerous analysts and scouts with the “consensus” that Elliott is past his prime.
“He has very little left in his legs and the word is out,” Stern said. “I think he has a job option above the league minimum and he’s here in Dallas. I could be wrong, but if I am, it’s a very low figure. Maybe one year for $2 million or $2.5 million,” he asserted.
Zeke is under contract with the Cowboys through 2026, although Dallas has an option to opt out of the contract at the end of the 2023 season, with zero guaranteed money remaining on the initial six-year, $90 million deal.
Elliot, 27, signed that contract in 2019, but since then his numbers have been 979 yards (2020), 1002 yards (2021) and 876 yards (2022).
For Dallas, it’s a problem because in the 2023 season Elliott will be the highest-earning running back in the NFL, ahead of Tennessee’s Derrick Henry (16.3 million), New Orleans’ Alvin Kamara (16 million) and Cleveland’s Nick Chubb (14.8 million).
But with his numbers so low, the likelihood of him leaving the team is very high.