Robert Griffin III, former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst, told a group of reporters that he believes Ezekiel Elliott would be better off playing for the Browns if the Cowboys are willing to start over.
Robert Griffin III, the former NFL quarterback who was recently traded to the Cleveland Browns, has reportedly been thinking about what would happen if Ezekiel Elliott were to be traded.
The Dallas Cowboys are sticking with star running back Ezekiel Elliott for the time being. The only people who would disagree with that decision, given how early in the 2023 NFL season it is, are those who have Tony Pollard, his backup, on their fantasy football squad.
Is it conceivable that the Cowboys may cut ties with the former rushing champion in the future? Sure, why not? If America’s Team makes such a move, ESPN commentator and former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III has a plan for the three-time Pro Bowl pick.
Robert Griffin III joked that the Baltimore Ravens should deal for Ezekiel Elliott.
They should probably deal Ezekiel Elliot to the Ravens now. In the first half, he’d receive more than four carries.
September 10, 2023 — Robert Griffin III (@RGIII)
Unless you’re a die-hard Baltimore Ravens fan, the combination of Elliott and Lamar Jackson in the same offense seems frightening… at least on paper.
Griffin, who played for the Ravens from 2018 to 2023, recently tweeted the concept. Griffin tweeted midway during the Cowboys’ Week 1 defeat on Sept. 9 that the Ravens should sign the three-time Pro Bowler.
It’s critical to provide some background here. After Elliott ran just four times in the first half against a strong Tampa Bay Buccaneers front seven, Griffin tweeted that potential trade. In a 31-29 defeat, the sixth-year running back ended with 33 yards on 11 carries.
Although reading tone on social media may be difficult, we can all agree that the former quarterback’s post was mocking. Even if it doesn’t materialize in the next 24 hours, his suggested collaboration is worth considering.
Elliott would be an interesting addition to the Ravens’ offense, but would the Cowboys even consider trading him?
Robert Griffin III, a former quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, thinks his old club should sign Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott. | Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
Anyone who has been following the NFL recently knows how badly the Ravens’ running back room has been devastated by injuries. Due to knee injuries, junior J.K. Dobbins of Ohio State and veteran Gus Edwards will both miss the 2023 season.
A week before the Ravens’ season opener, third-year backup Justice Hill tore his Achilles tendon. Baltimore signed Devonta Freeman and Le’Veon Bell in the hopes that they would replicate their 2016 performances. Because the Ravens do not possess a time machine, at least not one that we were aware of at the time of publishing, expectations for both remained low.
Elliott makes sense for the Ravens in theory. On the other hand, no one is going to argue that pairing LeBron James with Giannis Antetokounmpo is a bad idea.
However, Ravens fans should not expect to see Elliott in purple and black anytime soon. The Cowboys would have to take on much too much financial risk — he has five years and more than $65 million left on his deal after this season — and it’s far too early in the season for them to even contemplate selling their star running back.
We won’t rule out the possibility that the Ravens sign another veteran running back later this season. If the Houston Texans are as terrible as they seem, Mark Ingram may find himself back in Baltimore later this season. It’s virtually likely that if a new running back comes in Charm City, it won’t be Elliott.
After this season, don’t be shocked if the Cowboys really contemplate restarting.
We’re still on track for a 2023 offseason decision, with the Cowboys deciding whether to keep WR Amari Cooper or re-sign WR Michael Gallup. Only $6 million in dead cap for Cooper if Gallup signs and the club trades Cooper (paying both is too expensive).
September 7, 2023 — Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL)
Trading Elliott during the 2023 season will benefit the Cowboys in no way. This squad is still good enough to win the NFC East despite a devastating Week 1 defeat.
Now, if the Cowboys miss the playoffs for the fourth time in five years, things might change. Michael Gallup, a standout receiver who is sidelined indefinitely with a calf injury, will be a free agent next spring. Tyron Smith, an All-Pro offensive lineman, had surgery on his neck last season and missed the most of the season.
Few would blame Cowboys owner Jerry Jones if he chose to reset the clock and restructure portions of the squad in the hopes of winning one more Super Bowl. If Elliott’s difficulties in Week 1 are any indication, his long-term spot on the Cowboys’ roster may not be as safe as he may have imagined.
If the Cowboys split ways with Elliott, they’ll have to swallow a financial blow, particularly if it happens before the 2023 NFL Draft. If the 78-year-old Jones is serious about winning a last ring, don’t be shocked if he goes to any length to do it.
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Robert Griffin III, who is currently a free agent and has been rumored to be joining the Dallas Cowboys, has given some insight into what he envisions for Ezekiel Elliott if the Cowboys are willing to start over. Reference: robert griffin iii net worth.
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