Ezekiel Elliott became the latest player to bare the brunt of the Cowboys’ reshuffling on the offense. He was released by the team a few days back after what was his worst season yet. Now that the former first-round running back is a free agent, there are particularly three teams that have shown interest in signing the veteran – Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Jets as reported by Adam Schefter.
The Jets are already set at the running back position and the Eagles don’t seem too keen about signing Elliott to their squad. The Bengals on the other hand are very much interested in having him in the backfield. With Samaje Perine moving on to Denver, they could really use the services of Zeke and Jeremy Fowler of ESPN said the same on NFL Live.
Fowler said, “The Bengals, the Eagles, and the Jets are preferred destinations for Ezekiel Elliott. So, talking to some teams and some people around the league, they believe the Bengals here could be looming large because I’m told they’re looking to add a running back either free agency or the draft either to pair with Joe Mixon or if they were to move on from Mixon.
“They could save nearly $8 million in cap space. But I do expect the Bengals to make a move at some point and Elliott would sort of play into their mold is wanting a power option running game and so you know.“
Ezekiel Elliott might give the Bengals stability in the backfield
The Bengals made the best decision by drafting quarterback Joe Burrow first overall in 2020. With Burrow under center, the franchise has transcended and is now one of the powerhouses of the AFC. As of now, the offense is packed with superstar receivers so the Bengals don’t have to worry about adding another piece there. However, they do have to consider the backfield which consists of Joe Mixon as the only elite player.
With Ezekiel Elliott being an option, Cincinnati could sign him to maybe a one-year deal given his recent performance. Elliott will have to work double time to regain his status as one of the best running backs in the league. The Bengals are always a Super Bowl contender unlike Elliott’s previous team so that could motivate him to reach his zenith once again.
The 27-year-old believes he can be as productive as he was in his early years and contribute a great deal to any team which signs him. Cincinnati has a smart coaching staff and if they can use him surgically on the offense then there is no stopping this offense headed by Joe Burrow. Over his seven-year career, Ezekiel Elliott has 1,881 carries for 8,262 yards and 305 catches for 2,336 yards for a total of 80 touchdowns.
Let’s see if the Bengals sign Elliott or just pick a running back in the draft.
Yash Karandekar is an NFL author at FirstSportz. He fell in love with the sport since his early days and has been an ardent follower ever since. He is a proud Buffalo Bills fan when he isn't busy being totally amazed by everything Tom Brady does. A final year undergraduate student of Mechanical Engineering, he is eagerly waiting for Brady to claim his 8th Super Bowl and further cement his legacy. Yash loves watching reruns of previous Super Bowls in addition to watching thriller movies and series and is a total history nerd.
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