DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The Dallas Cowboys made one of the biggest moves of the free agency period thus far, releasing star running back Ezekiel Elliott after seven seasons with the team.
And on Thursday, a pair of past and present Cowboys quarterbacks, Troy Aikman an Dak Prescott, shared their thoughts on the Elliott move.
"It's tough," Prescott said during an appearance at North Park Mall in Dallas. "Playing the game with a brother, being able to start this NFL career, share so many memories, and grow up as men with this organization. I really can't imagine taking the field without him. I don't know if it's really hit me yet."
Prescott and Elliott, of course, came into the league together as part of the same draft class in 2016, with the two finishing first and second, respectively, in the NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year voting.
Aikman, meanwhile, had more of an outsiders view of the Elliott release, but was still shocked by the Cowboys decision, calling the move 'gut wrenching'.
"There are guys that you don't just replace," Aikman said at the same appearance at North Park Mall in Dallas. "They have a big impact, regardless of what they are doing on the field with the continuity and the and the success of a football team. And I really believe that Zeke is one of those guys. And I'm not alone. I think the Cowboys understood that as well and that's what made this deicision so gut-wrenching."
The Cowboys are now expected to move in a different direction at the running back spot, with Tony Pollard on a one-year franchise tag deal, now assumedly the main back in the system.
But one way or another, it seems clear that the Cowboys are going to miss Zeke in more than one capacity.