NFC playoff team is perfect Ezekiel Elliott landing spot after recent RB injuries

A 2022 NFC playoff team could pursue Ezekiel Elliott after recent injuries to its RB room.
Sep 27, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs for
Sep 27, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs for / Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

It's been four months since the Dallas Cowboys released Ezekiel Elliott, marking the end of a seven-year marriage during which Elliott entrenched himself as one of the best running backs in the franchise's decorated history.

Finally, it seems as though Elliott is closing in on finding a new home.

On Saturday, Elliott took an official visit with the Patriots, who lack depth at the position behind starter Rhamondre Stevenson. It's an odd look for New England after they allowed Damien Harris, whose powerful running style mirrors that of Elliott, to sign with the Bills for a measly $1.77 million.

Perhaps Bill Belichick grew fed up with Harris' inability to stay healthy. Though younger and more spry than Elliott, Harris has played 38 of a possible 66 games in his career, while Elliott has missed just a handful of games due to injury.

Speaking of injuries, a seemingly perfect landing spot for Elliott has opened up after the Seahawks announced starter Kenneth Walker and likely No. 2 back Zack Charbonnet could miss multiple weeks with groin and shoulder injuries.

Cowboys Rumors: Could injury-ravaged Seahawks pursue Ezekiel Elliott?

It's a match made in heaven, no? While there's a clear path up in Foxborough for Elliott to receive carries -- plenty of them at that -- the Seahawks are down their top two running backs for likely the next several weeks, if not longer.

Head coach Pete Carroll told reporters that Charbonnet is out indefinitely. It sounds like the Seahawks are still awaiting word to determine the extent of the injury, but the team clearly has big plans for the UCLA product after they drafted him with the No. 52 overall pick in April.

Those plans could be put on hold.

Linked with Dallas during the pre-draft process, Charbonnet rushed for 1,359 yards and 14 touchdowns on 7.0 YPC last year for the Bruins.

Walker, meanwhile, took over the starting role in Seattle's backfield in year one as the No. 41 overall selection in 2022. He carried 228 times for 1,050 yards and nine scores en route to finishing as the runner-up in Offensive Rookie of the Year voting.

While the injuries aren't season-ending, does anyone expect the Seahawks to move forward at training camp and the preseason with DeeJay Dallas and seventh-round pick Kenny McIntosh as their primary backs?

There's seemingly little optimism around Charbonnet's shoulder, and Seattle is wisely being "cautious" with Walker's groin, which are always tricky.

Geno Smith was a deserving winner of Comeback Player of the Year, but everyone knows Carroll loves running the football.

Elliott probably doesn't want to be a part of a crowded backfield, but there's currently nobody standing in his way of the lead role. McIntosh is a seventh-round rookie and Dallas has never logged more than 35 carries in a season.

Something to keep in mind, especially after Elliott's visit with the Patriots.

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