The Dallas Cowboys have recently made a move that was surprising to many, releasing Ezekiel Elliott.
Elliott has been one of the best running backs in the NFL for the last seven seasons.
However, he took a slight step back in 2022, when he had the fewest rushing yards in his entire career.
The Cowboys recently franchise-tagged Tony Pollard, Elliott’s running back counterpart.
This seemed to be the nail in the coffin for Elliott’s time in Dallas.
Shannon Sharpe commented on this situation, citing: “If you look at the running back position, they don’t normally lose it and get it back.”
.@ShannonSharpe is not surprised by the Cowboys cutting Ezekiel Elliott:
"We all saw it coming. If you look at the RB position, they don’t normally lose it and get it back.” pic.twitter.com/xKjgjfwGIs
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) March 16, 2023
Elliott will begin the 2023 NFL season at 28 years old.
Generally, the value of running backs greatly diminishes once they reach a certain age.
For the Cowboys, it appears that they are getting out on Elliott before his production takes another dip.
Although this is disappointing news for Elliott, this is great news for Pollard.
In games that Elliott hasn’t been on the field, Pollard has benefitted.
Pollard has scored six touchdowns and ran for 315 total yards in the three games he has played without Elliott.
Not having Elliott on their payroll is great news for the Cowboys receiving corps, which is in line to either sign a free agent or draft a top rookie at the position.
Last season, the Cowboys fell short in the playoffs, falling to the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional round.
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