Ezekiel Elliott is Not an Ideal Fit, and Trending Down
No list at this point in the offseason would be complete without at least discussing the possibility of adding Ezekiel Elliott.
Now on the downside of his career, Elliott was released by the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday, just two years into a 6-year $90 million deal. Elliott was a massive disappointment for the Cowboys in 2022, rushing for just 876 yards on 231 carries for a measly 3.8 yards per carry. Making matters worse for Elliott is that he did this behind an excellent Dallas offensive line. The Bills are working to improve their offensive line, but will not have the big line that will move the line of scrimmage and help running backs gain yards.
If the Buffalo Bills thought Elliott could regain the form that led to three Pro Bowl appearances, he might be worth a shot on a one-year make good deal for very low money. Elliott has shown the skill set that the Bills need, having rushed for double-digit touchdowns four times in his career, and leading the NFL in yards per game three times in his career.
However, given his struggles in 2022, and the likelihood that he will garner more interest than a one-year deal for low money could secure, the Bills would be wise to pass on Elliott and explore other options.
Regardless of who the Bills add via free agency, look for them to add a running back through the NFL draft. There are several enticing options that could provide them a bigger boost than any of the remaining free agent or trade possibilities, ranging from early round options like Bijan Robinson, to options that will fall but fit what the Bills are looking for in Tank Bigsby.