The Dallas Cowboys made a somewhat surprising move during the offseason, releasing Ezekiel Elliott.
This came on the heels of the team placing the franchise tag on Tony Pollard, a younger option at the position.
Now, Elliott is a free agent but hasn’t signed with a new team.
In a recent conversation on his show, Undisputed, Shannon Sharpe revealed his opinion on the matter, and when he believes Elliott will be signed.
.@ShannonSharpe does not see Ezekiel Elliott signing to a new team prior to the draft: pic.twitter.com/HBmut9hQBu
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) March 27, 2023
To Sharpe, he believes that no team is going to sign Elliott until the draft.
The upcoming prospects are highly regarded, including the running backs.
If teams can get younger at the position, they are likely to jump at that chance, potentially leaving Elliott in the dust.
Elliott did have a fine season in 2022, amassing 876 yards and 12 touchdowns.
However, this was the lowest yardage total of his career, a potential sign of a decline in future production.
While Elliott is likely to get signed eventually, it appears that teams might hold out until after the draft.
If that does happen, his contractual value could be diminished, given the amount of time it takes teams to sign him.
The NFL has transformed into a quarterback-centric league.
While the running back position is still valuable, teams are devoting less capital to running backs as a whole.
Where will Elliott end up, and what will his contract look like, given the current market of running backs?
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