NFL Rumors: Dallas Cowboys Considering Reunion With Running Back Ezekiel Elliot

The Dallas Cowboys are apparently feeling nostalgic. According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the Cowboys and free agent running back Ezekiel Elliot are open to a reunion.

Elliot was drafted fourth overall by the Cowboys in 2016 and started 102 games over seven seasons for the franchise, earning three Pro Bowls and leading the league in rushing twice. He spent the 2023 season with the New England Patriots, rushing for 642 yards on 184 attempts and adding 313 receiving yards on 51 receptions.

The Cowboys did fine without Elliot last year: They finished the season scoring an NFL-best 29.9 points per game. Meanwhile, Elliot's Patriots tied for an NFL-worst 13.9 points per game. Still, the Cowboys have a need at running back: 2023 leading rusher Tony Pollard signed with the Tennessee Titans earlier this offseason, and the Cowboys lack an obvious replacement.

Elliot isn't the star he once was: He was splitting time in the latter stages of his last run with the Cowboys, and he averaged a career-worst 3.5 yards per rushing attempt last season. He wouldn't be a significant difference-maker on the Cowboys, but he could bring a certain amount of goodwill and sentimentality to the locker room and fanbase. Maybe that's worth something.

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