Ezekiel Elliott is willing to take a pay cut on his $10.9m wages in order to stay with the Dallas Cowboys as a ‘reduced salary can better fit him into their plans’ amid competition from Tony Pollard

Ezekiel Elliott is willing to take a pay cut on his .9m wages in order to stay with the Dallas Cowboys as a ‘reduced salary can better fit him into their plans’ amid competition from Tony Pollard

Dallas Cowboys star running Ezekiel Elliott is reportedly willing to accept a pay cut in order to remain with the Dallas Cowboys, according to the Dallas Morning Star.

Elliot is currently scheduled to earn a $10.9 million salary in 2023 but he ‘understands that a reduced salary can better fit him into the franchise’s plans.’

Dallas made the Ohio State product the league’s highest-paid running back with a six-year, $90 million contract extension in 2019, and keeps him tied to the team until 2027.

The three-time pro bowler was asked about his Cowboys future following Sunday’s game.

‘I’ve definitely thought about it,’ said Elliott, who signed his six-year extension in 2019 following a holdout. ‘I want to be here.

‘I don’t have a crystal ball; I can’t tell you the future. But I definitely want to be here.’

During the start of his career, after being drafted by the Cowboys, Elliott showed the ability to be one of the absolute best running backs in the league after leading the NFL in rushing with 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns as a rookie in 2016.

He would then go on to top the NFL again with 1,434 rushing yards in 2018 and made his third career Pro Bowl in his fourth season in 2019.

Elliott’s production of late has been trending in the wrong direction, however, as his 3.8 yards per carry and 58.4 yards per game were both career lows for the 27-year-old. He has also looked less explosive than Dallas’s other running back, Tony Pollard, who outperformed him on the ground by a large margin this season.

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Elliott finished the year with 876 yards and 12 touchdowns on 231 carries in 15 games played, while Pollard finished the year with 1007 and nine touchdowns on 193 carries in 16 games played.

The stark drop in Elliott’s yardage this season however may be tied to the health of the Cowboys offensive line and their lack of efficiency blocking in the running game after starting right tackle Terence Steele’s ACL tear on December 11.

Dalla’s running game averaged 4.8 yards per carry with Steele on the field in 2022 compared with 3.3 yards without him, including the postseason. Elliott’s efficiency swung from 4.3 to 2.6 yards, with and without Steele.

Things got even worse for Elliot in the playoffs as posted 27 yards on 13 carries in the win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 26 yards on 10 carries in Sunday’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Elliott and the front office have time to reach an agreement and will likely be in no rush to discuss the possible pay cut, but will likely do so before the start of the new league year on March 15.

Both sides may have more motivation due to the recent news that Pollard suffered a fractured right fibula and high ankle against the 49ers and is set to undergo a surgery this week that will require a three-month recovery period