Dallas Cowboys Get Some Much Needed Cap Relief Thanks to Ezekiel Elliott

Published 08/27/2021, 9:06 AM EDT
Oct 4, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs the ball in the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports


The Dallas Cowboys are making moves once more. Apart from several key players returning from injury, the side has also brought a whole host of fresh faces to shore up their woeful 2020 defense.

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But the biggest move so far has been their resigning of quarterback Dak Prescott. The quarterback has been a perfect fit for the Cowboys ever since stepping up to replace franchise legend Tony Romo.

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – AUGUST 13: Quarterback Dak Prescott #4 and head coach Mike McCarthy of the Dallas Cowboys before the NFL preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on August 13, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Dallas Cowboys 19-16. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

With their franchise QB now signed down to a new contract, the franchise has been making some sensible moves as well. Including those which will give them more cap space to operate this season.

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Dallas Cowboys restructure Elliott’s contract

The Dallas Cowboys some superstars on offense. And among them is running back Ezekiel Elliott. Drafted from Ohio State in 2016, the running back went on to earn All Pro honors in his first season in the NFL.

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With three more Pro Bowls under his belt, the running back has established himself as one of the best in the business. While a blip did take place last season, many are confident of Elliott once again finding his form in 2021.

And now the Cowboys have also made a move to restructure his contract. As per ESPN, the side have converted $8.6 million of his $9.6 million base salary into a signing bonus.

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This frees up $6.88 million in cap space for the Cowboys to use in 2021. With multiple experienced free agents still around in the market, the Cowboy could use that extra cap space to address areas that still need to be looked at.

Such as their lack of playmakers in the secondary. As per Elliott’s current contract, the running back is signed to the franchise till 2026. This mean that he and Prescott still have plenty of time to turn things around for the Cowboys.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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