Jerry Jones Aug 20, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reacts before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The free agency market for Ezekiel Elliott has been interesting.

Even with the Dallas Cowboys releasing him for being overpaid, that doesn’t close the door for his return.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones remained adamant through the offseason, and he doubled down on those thoughts on Monday when he told media he hasn’t ruled out re-signing the running back.

Back in April, Jones told the Dallas Morning News that even after the team picked up Kansas State Wildcats running back Deuce Vaughn in the NFL Draft, that didn’t change anything.

“Not at all,” Jones said. “That ship hasn’t sailed yet. We haven’t made a decision. Nothing we did today changes that.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said he wouldn’t mind Zeke returning to the team.

“That sure would be nice,” Prescott said on The Adam Schefter Podcast, according to On3. “There are a lot of people not only on the team but in the organization that would love that. I’m sure Zeke would as well. … Hopefully that could happen.

For now, the Cleveland Browns and the Los Angeles Chargers remain two teams reportedly interested in Elliott.

The former No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 draft had a career-low 876 rushing yards last season with 12 touchdowns.

It could be a situation where the Powers at Be see these numbers and bring him back, knowing they wouldn’t have to spend what they had initially been on the 27-year-old.

[Pro Football Talk]

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