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Cowboys Release Ezekiel Elliott After Seven Seasons

After seven years with the team, Elliott's tenure in Dallas has come to an end, leaving behind an impressive legacy.

The news of Ezekiel Elliott's release from the Dallas Cowboys has sent shockwaves through the NFL world. After seven years with the team, Elliott's tenure in Dallas has come to an end, leaving behind an impressive legacy.

Elliott burst onto the scene in 2016 as a rookie, immediately becoming one of the league's most dominant running backs. He led the league in rushing yards, earned a Pro Bowl selection, and helped the Cowboys win the NFC East. Over the next few seasons, Elliott continued to perform at a high level, leading the league in rushing yards per game in three consecutive seasons from 2016 to 2018.

Despite his early success, Elliott's performance began to decline in recent years. In 2020, he missed six games due to injury and posted career lows in rushing yards per game and yards per carry. Last season, he was even worse, finishing last in the league in several key rushing statistics.

The Cowboys' decision to release Elliott is a bold move, considering the hefty price tag they paid for him just a few years ago. His six-year, $90 million extension made him one of the highest-paid running backs in the league, and releasing him will result in a significant dead cap hit. With the cap relief they'll receive from his release, they'll have more flexibility to sign other players and address areas of need.

For Elliott, the future is uncertain. Despite his recent struggles, he's still a talented running back with the potential to be productive for another team. He'll likely receive interest from several teams in free agency, with some speculation pointing towards the Texans or Bengals as potential landing spots.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones issued a statement 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 said in the statement.

Overall, Elliott's release from the Cowboys marks the end of an era for both the team and the player. 

Travis Jones

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023

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