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Jerry Jones leaves the door open for Ezekiel Elliott’s return

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says the door isn’t closed on a potential reunion with running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Following the conclusion of the NFL Draft on Saturday, Jones said the “ship hasn’t sailed” on Elliott, possibly re-signing with Dallas.

“We haven’t made a decision at all,” Jones said via Jon Machota of Athletics. “As far as our interest in Zeke goes, nothing we did today changes that. I didn’t rule Zeke out.”

It’s hard to tell if Jones is genuine or not in his comments, although bringing Elliott back into the fold could boost team morale significantly. Veteran quarterback Dak Prescott seemed to take Elliott’s release particularly hard earlier in the offseason, saying he “can’t imagine taking the field without him.”

Facing a potential cap of $16.7 million if they were to keep Elliott, it was no surprise when the Cowboys cut their longtime runner in March. Many initially wondered why the Cowboys didn’t try to restructure Elliott’s deal to soften the financial blow while still allowing him to retire a Cowboy. Jones revealed that the Cowboys didn’t ask Elliott to take a pay cut so as not to insult one of the best players in franchise history.

Even though Elliott is at the end of his career, he is still likely to command a good amount of money as a free agent. So far this offseason, the top two free agents, Miles Sanders and David Montgomery, have signed contracts averaging around $6 million a year.

If Dallas can sort out the financial issues to bring Elliott back, the real question is whether there would even be a real place for him in the Cowboys’ backfield. The team is attached to Tony Pollard, who emerged as a leader via a career year in 2022. And, on Saturday, the Cowboys invested a sixth-round pick on a running back, selecting Deuce Vaughn – son of the associate director of scouting in Dallas. Chris Vaughn – from Kansas State.



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