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Report: Zeke Has Eyes On Eagles
Because the infamous Demarco Murray experiment went so well …
Ezekiel Elliott, former halfback for the Dallas Cowboys, who just happen to be the Philadelphia Eagles’ division foes and most hated rivals, reportedly has the Eagles on his short list of teams he’d like to play for in 2023.
Elliott. recently cut by the Cowboys after seven seasons, listed the Eagles along with Jets and Bengals among his preferred next destinations.
Cowboys’ RB Ezekiel Elliott has narrowed down his options about where to play to the Eagles, Jets and Bengals, and he would like to make his decision about where to sign by the end of next week, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 23, 2023
Eliott, the fourth overall pick in 2017 who led the NFL in rushing yards per game in each of his first three seasons, would be sort of an odd fit with the Eagles, whom he’s abused for the better part of his career.
Elliott’s 1,107 career rushing yards against the Eagles are far more than any other ball carrier since 2017, not to mention more than 350 additional receiving yards.
The three-time Pro Bowler averaged 4.75 yards per carry against his rivals and has five 100-yard rushing efforts in 12 career games against them.
The last time the Eagles signed a former Cowboys running back in free agency was 2015, when Eagles coach Chip Kelly signed Murray to replace franchise star LeSean McCoy, who was traded to the Bills.
Murray, coming off 1,845 rushing yards and 2,261 total yards, was a disaster for the embattled Kelly, managing just 702 rushing yards and a career-low 3.6 yards per carry. He asked for, and was granted, his trade the following offseason.
Elliott, like Murray, has a ton of tread on his tire and doesn’t make much sense for an Eagles team with limited cap space and a variety of running backs, including newcomer Rashaad Penny along with third-year pro Kenneth Gainwell, veteran Boston Scott and third-year pro Trey Sermon.
Aside from that, signing Elliott would also probably the most unpopular move in modern Eagles history.
Howie Roseman, the team’s executive vice president of football operations, flipped the middle finger to fans last season – and they loved him for it.
Signing Elliott would be a different kind of bird-flip to the fans, and they probably wouldn’t appreciate it.
– Geoff Mosher (@geoffmoshernfl) is co-host of the “Inside the Birds” podcast and staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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