Cowboys and RB Ezekiel Elliott Have Mutual Interest in a Reunion

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

The reunion between the Dallas Cowboys and their former star running back Ezekiel Elliott seems to be on the cards this offseason. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, the Cowboys and Elliott have been recently engaged in talks about a deal for the 2024 NFL season.

Fowler points out that nothing has been finalized but that both sides are open to the possibility.

The move would be beneficial for both sides. The Cowboys are currently lacking a lead running back after letting last year’s starter Tony Pollard walk in free agency. Elliott, on the other hand, is looking to land a job that would give him an opportunity to play meaningful snaps while Dallas is also the place where he played his best football.

Elliott was drafted by the Cowboys as the fourth overall pick in 2016 and spent the first seven years of his pro career with the franchise. During that time, he made the Pro Bowl three times while leading the league in rushing twice. However, a combination of bloated contract and declining productivity prompted the Cowboys to release him after the 2022 campaign.

After spending months on the open market last offseason, Elliott reached a one-year deal with the New England Patriots. In a backup role with the Pats, Elliott rushed for 642 yards and three touchdowns while also adding 51 receptions for 313 receiving yards and two scores.