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Reports: Cowboys release RB Ezekiel Elliott
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have released veteran running back Ezekiel Elliott after seven years with the team.
Elliott, 28, was scheduled to count $16.4 million against the 2023 salary cap, and negotiations geared toward lowering that number were unsuccessful, per the report.
Cutting Elliott would save the Cowboys $4.86 million if he’s released Wednesday. Opting to designate Elliott as a post-June 1 cut would save $10.9 million.
Elliott was slowed in the second half of last season by a knee injury and wasn’t fully healthy in 2021. He rushed for a career-low 876 yards and 3.9 yards per carry in 2022, while backup Tony Pollard emerged as a 1,000-yard rusher and big-play threat.
The Cowboys used the franchise tag in March to retain Pollard at a cost of $10.1 million, resulting in a commitment of more than $27 million to the position for 2023.
Elliott signed a six-year, $90 million contract in 2019.
He ranks third in franchise history with 8,262 rushing yards, 68 rushing, and 80 total touchdowns.
–Field Level Media