Ezekiel Elliott has been a productive running back for the Dallas Cowboys for the last seven seasons and he’s reportedly willing to take a pay-cut to remain a member of the team.
According to a report by the Dallas Morning News, Elliott has recognized that taking a pay cut from the $10.9 million he’s scheduled to earn next season would help him fit better into the team’s long-term plans.
“I want to be here,” Elliott said after Sunday’s season-ending loss to the San Francisco 49ers. “I don’t have a crystal ball; I can’t tell you the future. But I definitely want to be here.”
The 27-year-old rushed for a career-low 876 yards this season while splitting time in the backfield with Tony Pollard. Zeke still managed to score a team-high 12 touchdowns.
Dallas selected Elliott fourth overall in the 2016 draft. That year, he led the NFL in rushing and finished second to teammate Dak Prescott in the AP rookie of the year balloting. He won another rushing title in 2018 and has been named to the Pro Bowl three times in his seven seasons.
Elliott ranks third on the franchise’s all-time rushing list with 8,262 yards, behind only Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith and Tony Dorsett.