Ezekiel Elliott Dec 13, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) celebrates after the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys parted ways with former Pro Bowl running back Ezekiel Elliott earlier this offseason, and ever since fans have been speculating about where he could end up. With a little under a month before the start of the regular season, Eliotit finally made his free agency decision.

The Cowboys did not rule out the possibility of a return to Dallas for Elliott. But Elliott weighed his options pretty thoroughly throughout the offseason, and notably went on a “successful” free agency visit with the New England Patriots last month.

Instead of returning to the Cowboys, Elliott opted to join the Patriots on a one-year deal worth up to $6 million, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Rapoport added that Elliott plans to wear the No. 15, which was his number at Ohio State.

Elliott confirmed the report on social media, sending a message to Patriots fans on Twitter.

“One Five, all the way live!@Patriots,” tweeted Elliott.

Fans took to social media to offer their opinion on Elliott’s signing.

Elliott is coming off perhaps the worst year of his career last season, recording 876 rushing yards along with a career-low 3.8 yards per carry. More importantly, he didn’t exactly pass the eye test, looking like a far less explosive player than he has in previous years.

It will certainly be interesting to see what Elliott’s role looks like in New England. Second-year running back Rhamondre Stevenson emerged as one of the best young running backs in the league last season, recording nearly 1,500 scrimmage yards for the Patriots in 2022.

This news also makes the Patriots’ Week 4 game extremely interesting. The Patriots will head to Dallas to face the Cowboys on October 1st.

[Ian Rapoport on Twitter]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.