Yesterday’s playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers really showed a significant number of Dallas Cowboys fans that RB Ezekiel Elliott is not the same player anymore. Unfortunately, his contract is going to ensure that he goes nowhere for long.
Kyle Yates of The Fantasy Playbook reported Monday that Elliott is basically not cut. He accounts for over $16 million over the cap in 2023 and would leave a dead cap number of $11.86 million if cut.
Elliott is under contract through the end of the 2026 season, but the team can’t really save any significant money by cutting him for two more seasons unless they cut it after June 1.
For NFL fans, the Elliott contract is just another case of the Cowboys badly managing their roster:
There’s no denying that Ezekiel Elliott earned his money before getting the extension in 2019. To that point, he had led the NFL in rushing yards per game for three straight years and had passed for over 2,000 yards the year before.
And it’s not like Elliott hasn’t been productive in the four years since getting the deal. While his per game average is not the same, he has still scored 46 touchdowns and passed for over 5,000 yards since 2019.
But with the kind of money Elliott is making, he might be better served if spread across other positions if he’s not going to be a game-breaking player in his first three seasons.
Should the Cowboys try to land Ezekiel Elliott this offseason?