Cowboys News: Dak Prescott’s nod to Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas calls about Jerry Jeudy

The Dallas Cowboys aren’t technically in a transition period, but it certainly feels that way following the emotional release of Ezekiel Elliott.

With that news, Dak Prescott is now the last player left standing from Dallas’ 2016 draft. The release understandably hit Prescott hard, as he and Elliott share a tight bond off the field, and played a huge part in reinvigorating a disappointed fan base by leading the Cowboys to a 13-3 record and the NFC East crown as rookies.

Prescott caught up with reporters at a charity event Thursday, and spoke at length about Elliot’s release. The two-time Pro Bowler “can’t imagine taking the field without him,” and noted the two grew up as men with the organization.

“It’s tough. A brother,” Prescott said of Elliott. “Playing the game with a brother. To be able to start this NFL career and share so many memories and grow up as men … with this organization. Really can’t imagine taking the field without him. I don’t know if it’s completely hit me yet. Obviously, I’ve talked to him. I’m hurt. I’m sure he is. It’s more important for me to be able to support him. I know he’s got more opportunities coming his way and love that guy, proud of him.”

More Cowboys news:

  • Classy response from Prescott as per, but that wasn’t his only public reaction to Elliott’s release. Late Thursday, Prescott shared a photo to Instagram that included a hat with their numbers on it. Elliott’s 21 and Prescott’s 4 create the Dallas area code. This was a powerful message from Dak.
  • The Cowboys are one of three teams who have inquired about Broncos receiver Jerry Jeudy, according to Benjamin Allrbright of KOA Colorado. The Patriots and Browns are the two others. Per the report, Denver is asking for a first-round pick or a high-second plus a player in return for Jeudy.
  • Just hours later, fellow Broncos insider Mike Klis of 9News reported “it doesn’t appear Denver is interested” in moving Jeudy or Courtland Sutton. Denver is optimistic both players will thrive under Sean Payton. Who knows what happens from here, but Dallas’ interest in Jeudy dates back to the 2022 trade deadline, when they called about his availability.

NFL News:

  • The Eagles and Darius Slay agreed to terms on a $42 million extension. Slay and Philadelphia appear headed for a split, but a last-ditch effort from GM Howie Roseman prevented that from happening. Slay had been slated to enter the final year of a three-year $50 million deal he inked in 2020.
  • Bengals OT Jonah Williams is seeking a trade after the team signed Orlando Brown Jr. in free agency to play left tackle.
  • The Colts are widely expected to draft a quarterback in April, but they signed Gardner Minshew to (presumably) be their backup in 2023. Indy released Matt Ryan earlier this week to save $17.2 million on the cap.