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Ezekiel Elliott still has plenty left in the tank to be a productive running back in the NFL. Whether or not that translates into being a true No. 1 running back for a new team is up for debate, one that the former Dallas Cowboys’ rusher seems to be struggling with.
Elliott is still a free agent with the start of mini-camps right around the corner and one of his former coaches suggests that it’s partly due to the running back’s desire to be the top dog on the roster.
Skip Peete was on Dallas’ staff from 2020 to 2022 and still keeps in touch with Elliott. The two spoke over the phone earlier this week and Peete’s takeaway was that Elliott needs to be willing to accept both a lesser role and a smaller paycheck in order to be signed by a new team.
“I think that’s part of the reason he’s sitting out there,” Peete told the Tampa Bay Times. “If you’re going to play, I mean, you’re going to be the second and third guy. That’s kind of what the price is. So, that’s something that a person has to be able to see that that is what it is going to be.”
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The Cowboys had a pretty lethal one-two punch in the backfield last season with Tony Pollard and Elliot, but the veteran fought his new role as the No. 2 guy behind the former Memphis Tiger.
Elliott rushed for 876 yards and 12 touchdowns in 15 games last season. A team will pick up the soon-to-be 28-year-old back, but only if the two parties share the same expectations.