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Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott willing to accept pay cut to remain in Dallas

1/24/2023 1:27:23 PM
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Ezekiel Elliott wants to remain with the Cowboys next season, Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News reports.

He is amenable to what that scenario would likely require of him.

The running back is willing to accept a pay cut this offseason, recognizing that a reduced salary can better fit him into the franchise’s plans, a person familiar with Elliott’s thinking told The Dallas Morning News on Monday afternoon. He is currently scheduled to earn a $10.9 million salary in 2023.

Elliott and the front office have time to reach an agreement. There is no particular rush, as the season just concluded in Sunday’s playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers. It may be ideal, although not required, for the contract restructure to be completed before the new league year starts March 15.

He was asked about his Cowboys future following Sunday’s game.

“I’ve definitely thought about it,” said Elliott, who signed a six-year, $90 million contract extension in 2019 following a holdout. “I want to be here. I don’t have a crystal ball; I can’t tell you the future. But I definitely want to be here.”

While negotiating financial terms can prove a process, Elliott’s desire to come to the table is a significant step toward an eighth NFL season in Dallas. The Cowboys are believed to have interest in keeping Elliott, too, because of what he brings, on and off the field.

Elliott, who turns 28 in July, is considered a selfless teammate, someone who has supported Tony Pollard’s rising role in the offense. He is also reliable in pass protection and fumbled once on 532 touches over the past two regular seasons combined.

Elliott did average a career-low 3.8 yards per carry in 2022.

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