Earlier Thursday, Ezekiel Elliott went to Twitter to say that he would like to start wearing No. 15 again, the same number he wore while he was at Ohio State.
Elliott will need to find a new home first to see if that number is available, and it appears that he's getting closer to doing just that.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Elliott has narrowed his choice to the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, and Cincinnati Bengals, and wants to make a decision on his next landing spot by the end of next week.
The Cowboys designated Elliott as a post-June 1 cut last week. Elliott will still count $16.72 million against the Cowboys' salary cap, but the number will drop to $5.82 million after June 1, providing Dallas with $10.9 million in savings.
Elliott spent the first seven years of his career with the Cowboys after being selected with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 draft. During his time with Dallas, Elliott was a two-time All-Pro (One first-team, One second-team), a three-time Pro Bowler, and led the NFL in rushing twice. He topped 1,000 yards four times and scored more than ten rushing touchdowns four times.
Elliott's stellar production in his first three seasons led the Cowboys to sign him to a six-year, $90 million contract extension in 2019. That decision has hampered the organization ever since and likely resulted in the Cowboys' decision to move on from No. 1 wide receiver Amari Cooper before last season.
Injuries caught up to Elliott over the past two seasons. He played through a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament in 2021 but didn't miss a game. And a hyper extended knee forced him to miss two games in 2022.
Elliott had a career-low 876 yards rushing and a career-low 3.8 yards per carry last season and was surpassed by Tony Pollard on the depth chart.
Despite his low production, Elliott is still only 27 and believes he still has football left in him.
"Zeke believes he has some years left. (Ezekiel Elliott's reps) certainly think if he's healthy and didn't have the knee injury, he probably would have topped 1,000 yards last year. Obviously, they think their name, their history, and (with) their resume, that they will have a market," Clarence Hill of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram recently told 105.3 The Fan.
What that market will be is anyone's guess.