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Jerry Jones issues message to Ezekiel Elliott

From his now-former employer.

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The Ezekiel Elliott era with the Dallas Cowboys officially came to a close this afternoon, as the team cut ties with the popular running back that they made their 4th overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Ohio State University. 

Despite establishing himself as one of the top players at the position in the NFL, a myriad of injuries combined with career low numbers last season along with the emergence of Tony Pollard would seal Elliott's fate. He's now a free agent, and likely won't have to wait terribly long before finding a new employer.

The man who signed his checks in Dallas is now speaking out, as Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones issued the following statement not long after the news was released.

"Zeke's impact and influence is seared into the Cowboys franchise in a very special and indelible way. He has been a consummate professional and leader that set a tone in our locker room, on the practice field and in the huddle. Zeke defined what a great teammate should be, and anyone that has ever played a team sport would be lucky to have a teammate like Zeke and be much better for it. His commitment and passion for winning is selfless, and the accountability he brings everyday earned the respect of our coaches, his teammates and our entire organization. He wore the Cowboys Star with pride and purpose every single time he put it on, and we're a better franchise because of the example he set for veterans and rookies alike. That carried over into our community as well, with Zeke's generosity and spirit about giving and caring for others."

"We have mutually agreed with Zeke that the best decision for everyone is that he will be able to experience free agency, and we can increase our flexibility and options as well. This is one of the toughest parts of operating a team. Moments like this come, and extremely difficult decisions and choices are made. For the franchise. For me personally. For players too. We will always have a special place and love for Zeke and what he means to our Cowboys family, both as a person and a player. That will never change."