Cowboys and RB Ezekiel Elliott Reunite on a 1-Year Deal

Ezekiel Elliott with the Dallas Cowboys in 2019
Ezekiel Elliott with the Dallas Cowboys in 2019. Photo by Charles Baus/CSM/Shutterstock (10055402bs)

The Dallas Cowboys are turning to one of the former franchise stars to bolster depth in the running back position. According to multiple reports, the Cowboys will reunite with Ezekiel Elliott, who agreed to a one-year deal with the franchise over the weekend.

Reportedly, Elliott’s deal with the Cowboys will max out at $3 million and will become official once the veteran passes his physical.

Elliott returning to the Cowboys doesn’t come as a surprise, considering that the franchise’s executive vice president, Stephen Jones, previously hinted that the team is looking into a reunion.

“Well, Zeke, as we all know, is one of our favorites,” said Jones last week. “He’s laid it on the line for this franchise. He’s the ultimate competitor. I mean, he’s a guy that we obviously think a lot of.”

Ezekiel Elliott entered the league as the Cowboys’ fourth overall selection in 2016 and quickly established himself as one of the best backs in the league. He received a First-Team All-Pro selection in his rookie year after rushing for a league-leading 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns while making the Pro Bowl three times in his first four years in the league.

However, Elliott’s productivity dipped in the following seasons as he struggled to be a force in the backfield as he once was. This, alongside his big contract, prompted the Cowboys to release him at the end of the 2022 campaign. Elliott spent the 2023 season with the New England Patriots, rushing for 642 yards and three touchdowns in 17 games, including five starts.

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