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Cowboys Decision Might Be Bad News For Ezekiel Elliott

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The Dallas Cowboys made a change to their offensive coaching staff early in their offseason.

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According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill Jr., the Cowboys fired longtime running backs coach Skip Peete. He speculated that the move "does not bode well" for Ezekiel Elliott's future with the team.

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Peete, who previously worked on Wade Phillips' staff from 2007 to 2012, returned for a second stint in 2020. Elliott's enormous workload declined during those three seasons, but he remained heavily involved with 276 touches per year.

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After Tony Pollard began seizing control of the Dallas backfield with a three-touchdown game, Peete expressed his preference to keep utilizing Elliott to establish a dynamic duo.

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"I've always felt - at that position - you've always gotta have two guys that help each other," Peete said after Week 8. "And it helps if the running styles are a little bit different. The contrast presents a different effect to the defense. I learned that a long time ago."

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After seven seasons, the Cowboys may move on from Elliott to cut costs. Elliott will have the position's second-highest cap hit ($16.7 million) behind Aaron Jones in 2023. The 27-year-old no longer justifies such a hefty contract after averaging a career-worst 4.0 yards per touch last season.

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However, Elliott has conveyed a desire to remain with the Cowboys, and he's reportedly open to taking a pay cut.