Cowboys release Ezekiel Elliott: Texans among potential landing spots for 3rd leading rusher in Dallas history

The Ezekiel Elliott age in Dallas is concerning an end as the Dallas Cowboys are launching Elliott, who has 4 years staying on an enormous six-year, $90 million extension he checked in 2019, according to NFL Media reports.

Elliott was probably the worst beginning running back in the league last season, completing last in the NFL in lawns per bring (3.8), takes on prevented (32), and portion of runs that opted for 10-plus lawns (7.4%). According to several reports, the relocation will be processed as a post-June 1 cut. The Cowboys will see $10.9 million in cap relief as an outcome and they’ll be entrusted $5.82 million in dead cash on this year’s cap. He was owed $64.76 million for the rest of his agreement, however there was no ensured wage staying on his offer. 

While completion for Elliott in Dallas wasn’t fantastic, he was among the very best running backs in Cowboys history. Third on the all-time list in hurrying lawns for the Cowboys (8,262), Elliott hurried for 1,000 lawns 4 times in 7 seasons, while likewise reaching double digits in hurrying goals 4 times and making 3 Pro Bowl looks. 

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones provided a declaration following Elliott’s release:

“We have mutually agreed with Zeke that the best decision for everyone is that he will be able to experience free agency, and we can increase our flexibility and options as well. This is one of the toughest parts of operating a team,” Jones stated in the declaration.

Elliott led the NFL in hurrying lawns per video game in 3 successive seasons (2016-2018) and the league in hurrying lawns two times (2016, 2018). His hurrying lawns per video game numbers have actually decreased each season as an outcome of the variety of touches collected throughout his profession, balancing a career-low 58.4 hurrying lawns per video game and 3.8 lawns per bring in 2022. 

Elliott’s release clears the course to make Tony Pollard the included back in Dallas. Pollard ranked initially in the NFL in lawns per touch (5.9) last season, as he hurried for 1,007 lawns and 9 goals. 

Potential landing areas

Dallas Cowboys: Could the Cowboys in fact bring Elliott back? They might at a reorganized offer as a backup running back to Pollard, utilizing him mostly at a loss zone. Elliott has a lot more worth in Dallas with a more affordable agreement that isn’t a substantial cap hit.

Houston Texans: If Elliott still feels he can be a lead back in the league, he would not need to take a trip far out to get that chance. Houston has Damion Pierce as a starter, however Elliott would get the chance for touches. The Texans were 31st in the league in rush lawns per video game, hurrying goals, and lawns per bring — so any gamer would be an upgrade for that offense. Elliott might definitely get his brings in Houston, leading the way for a young quarterback. 

Cincinnati Bengals: Losing Samaje Perine as the power back because offense was a huge blow for the Bengals. Elliott might fill that space as the power back to Joe Mixon, getting chances to acquire the difficult lawns on third-and-short circumstances and inside the 20. Wouldn’t expense much for Cincinnati either. 

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