Report: NFC East rival on short list of desired destinations for Ezekiel Elliott
Following his release from the Dallas Cowboys after seven seasons, RB Ezekiel Elliott is still available on the open market, free to sign with any team he chooses.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Elliott has shortened his list of desired destinations to the Eagles, Jets, and Bengals.
Cowboys’ RB Ezekiel Elliott has narrowed down his options about where to play to the Eagles, Jets and Bengals, and he would like to make his decision about where to sign by the end of next week, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 23, 2023
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The report comes as a bit of a surprise, considering Philadelphia has already added Rashaad Penny in free agency, and the Eagles’ track record of employing former Dallas players isn’t great (see DeMarco Murray, Miles Austin, Orlando Scandrick, Felix Jones, etc).
From Elliott’s perspective, it isn’t hard to see why he’d want to play in Philly. The 2016 ROY would undoubtedly produce behind the NFL’s most dominant offensive line and have a chance to exact revenge on his former team twice a year. From an Eagles’ lens, the marriage has red flags written all over it.
Injuries have slowed Elliott down in recent years, coming off career lows in several statistical categories in 2022, including total rushing yards (876) and yards per attempt (3.8). The Cowboys have notoriously run their backs into the ground before disposing of them — and Elliott is another product of that, having accumulated 1,881 carries at just 27 years old.
While Zeke is still effective in short-yardage situations, I can’t imagine the interest being mutual, especially since the Eagles had a first-hand look at Elliott twice this season. Additionally, Elliott wants to where #15 (his old college number) with his new team, and that jersey is currently retired by Steve Van Buren.
As much as I welcome offseason chaos, Philadelphia would be better served to find a ball-carrier in the draft.
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