Ezekiel Elliott LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 12: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on prior to a a presason game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on August 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Ever since he was selected with the No. 4 overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2016 NFL Draft, he has been one of the most dominant and most popular running backs in the entire league. But with the Cowboys parting ways with their former star player, it appears Elliott’s time at the top of the league is over. And that also means smaller paydays – at least according to one NFL coach.

This week, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running backs coach Skip Peete was discussing Ezekiel Elliott, who is currently a free agent. And Peete had a pretty brutal assessment of Elliott’s market value.

“Bucs RB coach Skip Peete says he believes former Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has to accept that his role on a new team would take him from a $12 million running back to a $4 million running back,” Stroud said in a tweet on Wednesday afternoon.

Peete then had a follow-up question: “So who’s gonna be the one to tell him?”

Elliott was one of the highest-paid running backs in the league for the past few years after he signed his second contract with the Cowboys. But with Elliott now past his prime and the free agent running back market no longer very player-friendly, it looks like he’ll be taking a significant pay cut.

Now, it’s just a matter of where he’s going to sign.

[Rick Stroud]