According to Dallas Cowboys beat writer Michael Gehlken, running back Ezekiel Elliott is willing to take a pay cut in 2023 to remain with the organization.
Ezekiel Elliott wants to stay with the Cowboys in 2023, and he is willing to accept a pay cut in order to achieve that, a person familiar with his thinking said today. https://t.co/IeMv3mpnQU— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) January 24, 2023
Elliott signed a six-year, $90 million extension in 2019 and is set to earn $16.72 million next season – a massive cap hit for a player in obvious decline.
“I want to be here,” said Elliott following Sunday’s Divisional Round loss to the San Francisco 49ers. “I don’t have a crystal ball. Can’t predict the future, but definitely want to be here.”
The 27-year-old is coming off his worst statistical season as a pro, rushing for a career-low 876 yards on 231 carries (3.8 AVG) while sharing the backfield with teammate Tony Pollard. Elliott proved to be an effective short-yardage option, scoring double-digit touchdowns (12) for the third time in the past four seasons.
A pay cut would allow Jerry Jones and company to offer more money to Pollard, who will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason and represents the far more explosive option.
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