There was a time when Ezekiel Elliott was one of the best running backs in the league. The former Ohio State star had a breakout rookie season for the Dallas Cowboys and was named to the All Pro team. He very much looked like a running back that could dominate the league for years to come but injuries and the emergence of Tony Pollard slowed his progress. Fast forward to today where Elliott is no longer a Cowboy and he is looking for his next team. At just 27 there are some years left in his legs and a fresh start may be just what he needs. Let’s take a closer look at Ezekiel Elliott and some possible landing spots.
Los Angeles Chargers
Right off the bat we start with the obvious choice in the Chargers. Star running back Austin Ekeler has recently requested permission to seek a trade as he and the Chargers failed to agree on an extension. More than likely the two sides will come to terms but if they don’t the Chargers will have huge shoes to fill. Elliott would seem like a no-brainer move as he already has ties to new OC Kellen Moore and knows his system. Zeke is mainly a 1st and 2nd down back in this stage of his career that can thrive in goal-line situations.
Another good fit would be for Zeke to join the Seahawks. Seattle recently lost running back Rashaad Penny to the Philadelphia Eagles and have that hole to fill. Elliott could step in and immediately fill that role working along side rookie sensation Kenneth Walker. The Seahawks are a team on the rise with the surprise success of Geno Smith. I could see them making a playoff run next year.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers look to be in rebuild mode. Leonard Fournette was recently released and they will have a new face at quarterback with Tom Brady retiring. I could see a fit here for Zeke as the Buccaneers have hired ex-Cowboys running back coach Skip Peete to their staff. Peete and Elliott seem to have a good relationship and with the departure of Fournette I could see the Buccaneers making the call.