Ezekiel Elliott Return to Cowboys Appears More Imminent

The 28-year-old Elliott could return to Dallas after spending one season with the New England Patriots.

Dec 24, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; New England Patriots running back Ezekiel Elliott (15)
Dec 24, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; New England Patriots running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

After losing Tony Pollard in free agency to the Tennessee Titans, the Dallas Cowboys haven’t done much to replace him in the backfield this offseason. The Cowboys re-signed backup Rico Dowdle to give them some much-needed depth as Deuce Vaughn was the only running back on the roster.

However, the Cowboys know that Dowdle/Vaughn are not enough, especially if they want to win the NFC East for a second straight season. Earlier this week, it was reported that Dalvin Cook and Ezekiel Elliott have “interest” in signing with Dallas.

Neither Cook nor Elliott are the same running backs that they were at the beginning of their careers, but they would be of major help to Dallas. That said, it seems like there could be a potential return in the works between Elliott and the Cowboys.

Cowboys Rumors: Dallas, Ezekiel Elliott Have Mutual Interest in Possible Reunion

On Saturday, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that Dallas and the veteran running back have a mutual interest in a reunion. However, Fowler adds that a deal has not been reached between the two sides, but they are “open to it.”

The 28-year-old Elliott, who spent the first seven years of his career with the Cowboys, signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots last offseason. 

The veteran running back posted 642 rushing yards (team-high) and three touchdowns on 184 carries. Elliott also shined in the Pats’ passing game, tallying 51 receptions for 313 yards and two touchdowns. Even though Elliott didn’t look like the running back we saw for many years in Dallas, the Cowboys could use those numbers this coming season.

In Elliott’s final season with the Cowboys in 2022, the former Ohio State standout didn’t do much in the passing game (17 receptions for 92 yards). However, Elliott provided excellent production on the ground with 876 yards and 12 touchdowns.

With the Cowboys not having much cap space to use this offseason, Elliott could be the perfect remedy to help Dallas’ running game in 2024.

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