Ezekiel Elliott insists he is 'doing great' in aftermath of Dallas Cowboys release

Elliott was cut by the Cowboys on March 15th.

by Dzevad Mesic
Ezekiel Elliott insists he is 'doing great' in aftermath of Dallas Cowboys release

Ezekiel Elliott does not want to speak much about his release from the Dallas Cowboys as the running back just said he is "doing great." After spending his first seven seasons in the NFL with the Cowboys, Elliott was cut by Dallas on March 15th.

Over a month later, Elliott remains unsigned. “I’m doing great. Doing great," Elliott told The Dallas Morning News.

Why did the Cowboys cut Elliott?

After the 2022 season ended, there were reports indicating the Cowboys would ask Elliott to accept a pay cut.

Elliott was set to charge $16.7 million against the cap before the Cowboys released him. In the end, the Cowboys didn't want to ask Elliott for a pay cut, instead just releasing him. In late March, Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones said the Cowboys didn't want to disrespect Elliott.

“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.

Also, Jones suggested the Cowboys wanted to give Elliott a chance to test the market and see how other teams really feel about him. “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. Since the release, there hasn't been really much of interest in Elliott. Also, there have been rumors suggesting that Elliott could return to the Cowboys. But if Elliott returns to the Cowboys, he will definitely be paid significantly less than to what he used to.

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