Former Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has his favored next franchise down to three of the NFL's elite.
The NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles, AFC powerhouse Cincinnati Bengals and resurgent New York Jets are the 'options' available to the former Ohio State standout.
'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,' Schefter wrote Thursday .
The two-time rushing champion was released by Dallas officially on March 15. Jerry Jones decided to use the franchise tag on Elliott's former stablemate, Tony Pollard , leaving Big D with little cap room to move.
Elliott would've cost $16.7million against the cap if Dallas had kept the former No. 4 overall pick in 2023.
Back in 2019, after a brief holdout, Elliott signed a six-year, $90m deal with the Cowboys.
Since completing the extension, Elliott rushed for 979, 1,002 and 876 respectively in the succeeding seasons.
The modest number of 876 was a career-low for Elliott last season, who split responsibilities with Pollard.
Elliott spent seven years with the organization and ranks third in franchise history with 8,262 rushing yards. He also had 68 rushing and 80 total touchdowns during his time in Frisco, TX.
New York could use Elliott's services while star sophomore back Breece Hall continues his rehab from a torn ACL last season, as the franchise waits for the seemingly imminent addition of Aaron Rodgers.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia has just Rashaad Penny and Boston Scott in its backfield corps.
As for Cincinnati, the Bengals could provide Elliott with a similar position to his time in Dallas, pairing him with Joe Mixon.
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