Since being selected with the No. 4 pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been one of the most important points of the team offense. He's under contract through 2026, and was the highest paid player in the NFL at the position this season with a salary cap hit of $18.2 million.
The season for the Cowboys is now over following their second straight postseason defeat at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers. But according to a piece from Mac Engel of The Dallas Fort-Worth Telegram, we've seen the last of Elliott in a Cowboys uniform
"The Cowboys’ divisional round playoff loss against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday is likely the last we will see of this tandem together. While Dak will return to the team in 2023, it’s hard to envision a scenario where the Cowboys do anything other than release their former first round draft pick."
Engel interviewed Elliott following the loss, and asked if he anticipates returning next season. According to the man himself, he'd like to return, though he can't predict the future.
“I’ve definitely thought about it,” he said. “I want to be here. I don’t have a crystal ball. Can’t predict the future, but definitely want to be here.”
If we have indeed seen the last of Elliott in a Cowboys uniform, his last play with the team will be the bizarre final sequence of last night's game in which he lined up as center and was immediately knocked to the ground.