Walking in the Shadow of Colin Kaepernick, Cam Newton & Odell Beckham Jr, Exiled Dallas Cowboy Shows What’s Left in the Tank

Published 05/30/2023, 1:09 PM EDT

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The NFL is a pool of talented players taking on the field. But with the passage of time and factors influencing their game, many of these talented players struggle with being relevant in the league in the present day and age. Recently, Odell Beckham Jr is making a comeback signing with the Baltimore Ravens, after battling with injuries post winning the Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl LVI. 34-year-old QB Cam Newton is also hoping for a resurgence, after his last stint in the NFL with the Panthers in 2021. But he has recently been offered to play with the Albany Empire in the NAL by Antonio Brown. Even for Colin Kaepernick, it’s been almost seven years since his last controversial appearance and kneeling down episode with the San Francisco 49ers.

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Now there is another talented player who spent seven seasons with the Dallas Cowboys before being released by the team recently. Despite being 34 years old, this free agent RB showcases that he still has what it takes to be relevant in the upcoming season while hoping for a team to acquire him and his abilities. 

Ezekiel Elliott might still be a worthy acquisition for teams

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Former Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been a superstar during his peak in the NFL. Despite being a talented running back, the Cowboys pass-oriented playstyle minimized his effectiveness as an RB. In 2019, Elliott signed a six-year $90 million extension with the Cowboys. But after the inability to fit into the pass-oriented strategies of the team with time, the team decided to release the 34-year-old as a free agent back in March. Now, Ezekiel Elliott is looking forward to continuing his career with a team interested in his abilities, while proving he still has a lot left in his tank.

 

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In a recent Instagram story posted by the RB, we see him share a workout video of himself in the offseason. In the video, we see Ezekiel Elliott engaging in various drills while holding the ball. The video is a showcase of his explosiveness and running abilities, as he goes on to prove that he still possesses the agility and skills required to be a useful weapon for teams in the NFL.

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While Ezekiel will be waiting for an opportunity to play in the 2023 season, the question that remains is, which team will show interest in acquiring the 34-year-old RB to their roster?

Will teams show interest in Elliott for the upcoming season?

With the NFL Draft concluding last month, free agency is back in business in the league. With all the top RBs already off the board, Ezekiel Elliott remains one of the players with the potential to be acquired. And one of the top prospects of Elliott’s new home could be the Minnesota Vikings. There have been rumors that the Vikings will be parting ways with their RB as a post-June 1 designation. This decision will lead to the team saving around $9 million in salary cap. While Elliott might earn less than Cook if he signs with the Vikings, this move still opens the potential door for him to continue playing in the NFL for the 2023 season.’

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Fans will be waiting with anticipation to see what lies ahead for the running back in the league. Will the Vikings be the team for Elliott? Or will there be another potential candidate popping up to acquire the 34-year-old?

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