The Dallas Cowboys have appeared to hit a lull in terms of their offseason spending. In perfect timing, Ezekiel Elliott’s free agency has turned up several notches with ESPN’s Adam Schefter reporting the newly-minted free agent has narrowed down his list of suitors to the Eagles, Bengals, and Jets.
Nobody wants to see Elliott suit up for Philly, so Cowboys fans are collectively rooting for Cincinnati and New York to save them from this potential nightmare.
The only problem is that neither team seems interested. The Jets front office might have interest in signing Elliott, but running backs Breece Hall and Michael Carter are of the mindset that the team’s RB room is all booked.
When it comes to the Bengals, head coach Zac Taylor threw a wet blanket on the notion Cincy is keen on adding Zeke to its backfield.
“There’s a lot of great players that are available right now,” Taylor said late Thursday, via Mike Dyer of WCPO. “We like our team as where it’s at right now. But it’s always funny when things get thrown around. Sometimes, it’s the first you hear of it. But that’s just the way life works.”
More Cowboys News:
- Is this merely a case of Elliott’s agent trying to create the player’s market? Schefter’s report never mentioned the Bengals were interested in Elliott. Pro Football Talk noted the Jets aren’t currently interested, and John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia shared the Eagles “have not engaged in conversations” with Elliott and that the team is happy with its current running backs.
- NBA star Klay Thompson honored the late Gavin Escobar by wearing the former Cowboys tight end’s jersey upon arriving at American Airlines Arena before Wednesday’s game against the Mavericks. A former second-round pick of Dallas in 2013, Escobar tragically died in a rock climbing accident near Idyllwild, Calif. in September. He and Thompson were friends and are from the same town in California.
- Cowboys RB Tony Pollard signed his franchise tag tender. Pollard and the team have until July 17 to negotiate a long-term deal. If they can’t reach an agreement, Pollard will make $10.09 million under the tag.
- Speaking of the Eagles, Philadelphia gave RT Lane Johnson a one-year, $33.445 million extension including $30 million guaranteed. The deal keeps Johnson under contract through the 2026 season.
- The NFL sent a memo to all 32 teams notifying them of an individual, Ken Francis, who may be reaching out to negotiate a deal for Lamar Jackson. Jackson replied on Twitter telling the league to “stop lying” and that Francis never tried to negotiate on his behalf.