Just several years ago, Ezekiel Elliott had the Dallas Cowboys in a chokehold.
He threatened to sit out unless they made him the highest-paid running back in the league, and even though it took a while before Jerry Jones caved, he eventually agreed to meet his terms.
But Elliott has been far from elite since signing that deal, regressing every season and losing touches to backfield teammate Tony Pollard.
So, all things considered, it was far from a surprise to see the Cowboys cutting ties with him as soon as he reached the non-guaranteed part of his deal this offseason.
Notably, Elliott has struggled to find suitors interested in his services, but reports stated that he wanted to sign with either the Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles, or New York Jets.
Now, however, he can cross the Jets out of his wishlist, as HC Robert Saleh shut down all speculation by stating that he’s comfortable with his current RB room.
Saleh on the possibility of adding Zeke Elliott: "We love our running back room. I'll leave it at that." #Jets
— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) March 27, 2023
There are serious doubts about Elliot’s durability going forward, and it seems like he doesn’t have a lot of miles left on the tank.
He was one of the most disruptive offensive forces in football when he first entered the league, but he’s been turnover-prone and inefficient for three years straight now.
The Jets have a budding star in Breece Hall, who was an OROY candidate before suffering a season-ending injury, so there’s no need to add a guy like Elliott to that mix.NEXT: New Jets WR Mecole Hardman Comments On Aaron Rodgers