Cowboys say they 'did not want to offend' Ezekiel Elliott

The Cowboys cut Elliott without asking the running back to take a pay cut.

by Dzevad Mesic
Cowboys say they 'did not want to offend' Ezekiel Elliott

Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones says the Cowboys did not make an offer to Ezekiel Elliott because they "did not want to insult him." After the 2022 season ended, there were reports indicating that the Cowboys were intending to ask Elliott for a pay cut because his production wasn't matching the money he was receiving.

But in the end, the Cowboys simply cut Elliott, who was set to charge $16.7 million prior to his release. With that move, the Cowboys freed up $10.9 million in cap space. “The last thing we want to do is do anything that would be insulting to a player, to a great player, like Zeke [Elliott].

There are sensitivities when you get into making offers," Jones told Jori Epstein of Yahoo Sports.

Cowboys VP explains why the team cut Elliott

It has been a few weeks since the Cowboys cut Elliott but the running back has yet to receive strong interest from any NFL team.

“Sometimes the best thing is to let them get a feel for what the market is. When you’re talking about great players, they think a lot, not in a selfish way, but they perceive themselves as a great player and they are.

It just becomes how do you make the business work. It always boils down to that unfortunately," Jones added. When the Cowboys cut Elliott, there were rumors indicating that the running back might not be done with the Cowboys.

Now, there is a logic behind those claims. Considering that there hasn't been that much interest in Elliott, the running back might just decide to call the Cowboys and try to figure something out. The Cowboys gave Elliott a chance to test the market - now that no team is willing to give him the money he is seeking - the running back could return to the Cowboys on a deal Dallas would be willing to give. It remains to be seen where will Elliott play in 2023.

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