For the 2022 league year, the Dallas Cowboys needed to make several moves to clear salary space. This meant that players like wide receiver Amari Cooper and offensive lineman La’el Collins had to be replaced by the team. Running back Ezekiel Elliott was one player they were unable to let go of in 2022 because doing so would have cost the Cowboys money. However, Dallas has a way out of Elliott’s deal at the end of this year.
Elliott claimed he is not concerned about his contract status when asked about his future. That may be advantageous for the Cowboys.
Elliott remarked, via Todd Archer of ESPN, “I believe it is an important season, but I think you can’t look too far into the future.” “I believe that if I concentrate on each day, on enjoying my time at camp, and on taking things week by week, everything will work out as it should. Furthermore, I don’t believe there is much of a purpose to look that far into the future. I believe that if I take care of business each day, I’ll be in a good spot by the conclusion of the season.
Ezekiel Elliott not focused on future with Cowboys
The squad is in a better position since there is no pressure on them. Not to be overlooked is Tony Pollard, who showed last season that he was a very capable option out of the backfield.
Pollard averaged 5.5 yards per rush while appearing in 15 games for the Cowboys (719 yards on 130 attempts). He also hauled in 39 of his 46 receptions for 337 yards.
During the 2021 season, Elliott played despite having a partly torn PCL. In 17 games, he ran for 1,002 yards and 10 touchdowns on 237 attempts (4.2 yards per carry). The fact that he only averaged 58.9 running yards per season throughout his performance last season may have been the most worrying aspect of it.
Elliott’s six-year, $90 million contract extension is now in its second year. Elliott won’t have any more guaranteed money on the contract after the 2022 campaign. Elliott might revert to his previous form and once more become a major offensive danger for Dallas. However, the Cowboys will have to make a decision since Pollard will be eligible for a new deal following the current season.
Will they continue to unite Pollard and Elliott? Will Elliott be asked to leave? Will Pollard depart Dallas by securing a lucrative free-agent deal with a another team?
Elliott isn’t concerned about the future at the moment, no matter what it contains. The Cowboys are once again trying to make a comeback to the Super Bowl for the first time in more than 20 years, so it will be interesting to see if Elliott’s output decline this season was significantly influenced by his knee injury. After that, the Cowboys will have another significant offseason.