Dak Prescott Doesn’t Sound Like He’s Taking Ezekiel Elliott’s Release Well

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It’s out with the old and in with the new in Dallas, at least as far as the Cowboys’ running back position is concerned.

Not only did the Cowboys put the franchise tag on breakout running back Tony Pollard, but earlier this week, they cut former Top 5 draft pick and Pro Bowl running back Ezekiel Elliott, who has been with the team since 2016.

Given that both Zeke and quarterback Dak Prescott were drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2016 and have shared a backfield ever since, the two of obviously become quite close, meaning it should come as no surprise that Prescott doesn’t seem to be handling the release of Elliott all that well.

“It’s tough. It really is. It’s tough. Playing the game with a brother. Being able to start this NFL career and share so many memories, and grow up as men with this organization, I really can’t imagine taking the field without him. It’s something that I don’t know if it has completely hit me yet,” Prescott said. [via The Athletic]

While Elliott was likely cut for salary cap reasons — he would’ve cost Dallas $16.72 million next season — he’s also coming off his worst season in the National Football League.

During the 2022 season, Elliot had the lowest number of carries (231), yards (876), receptions (17), and receiving yards (92). He did, however, rush for 12 touchdowns, which is tied for the second-most he’s ever had in a single season.

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