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Cowboys planning to cut Ezekiel Elliott as NFL free agency officially begins



The Ezekiel Elliott era is over in Dallas.

The Cowboys plan to release the 27-year-old running back after seven seasons with the team, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Elliott, who was taken fifth overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, made three Pro Bowls with the Cowboys and was first-team All-Pro in his rookie year.

However, his production has suffered in recent years as he has dealt with nagging injuries.

Elliott averaged a career-low in yards per carry in 2022 (3.8 YPC), and his receiving production has gradually declined in every season since he signed a massive six-year, $90 million extension in 2019.

Ezekiel Elliott on the sidelines ahead of a Cowboys-49ers playoff game in January 2023.
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In every year since that season, his targets, catches, and yards per reception have all gone down, and he has not had a season over 4.5 yards per carry since then, either.

Elliott had his least amount of carries and targets in 2022, with Tony Pollard – whom the Cowboys gave the franchise tag – taking more and more work away from him as the season went along.

With that large price tag applied to Pollard, Elliott’s $16 million cap number – which is non-guaranteed – became an untenable number.

Ezekiel Elliott runs with the ball during a Cowboys-Lions game in September 2020.
Ezekiel Elliott runs with the ball during a Cowboys-Lions game in September 2020.
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The Cowboys have yet to officially make the move, but it could happen as soon as Wednesday after the new league year officially begins at 4 p.m., per the Star-Telegram.

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