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Most Likely Trade Destinations for Ezekiel Elliott

Max Staley
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There's no denying that Ezekiel Elliott is one of, if not the most, talented running backs in football. However, Elliott's career has been mired by a series of off-field issues and suspensions. The Dallas Cowboys' star running back is now in a public contract dispute with team owner Jerry Jones, and his future with the team appears uncertain at best.

With the early returns indicating that rookie RB Tony Pollard is capable of carrying the load, there's a chance that Dallas may want to ship Zeke out of town rather than meet his contract demands. With that in mind, here are three of the most likely trade destinations for Elliott if Dallas decides to move on.

3. Buffalo Bills

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This almost certainly would not be Elliott's preferred landing spot, but it could make sense for both sides. The Buffalo Bills spent big in free agency upgrading their interior offensive line, signing Mitch Morse, which could indicate they want to focus on the running game. Buffalo carried the rock 468 times last year (No. 6 in the NFL), and despite their spending spree, the Bills still have $24 million in cap space, enough to sign Elliott longterm. Pairing Zeke with a mobile QB in Josh Allen could create one of the most dangerous rushing attacks in football.

2. Indianapolis Colts

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The Indianapolis Colts have one of the most complete young rosters in football. At this point, the team's primary concern is likely the health of franchise QB Andrew Luck, who has been dealing with a mysterious lower-leg injury. The Colts could look to beef up their ground game to take pressure off of Luck, and trading for a workhorse like Elliott could do just that. Indianapolis also has more cap space than any other team in football ($47 million), so the sides would have a good opportunity to work out a new deal. If Indianapolis does make this move, it could become serious threats to the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots in the AFC.

1. San Francisco 49ers

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With all of the negative buzz surrounding Jimmy Garoppolo in training camp and preseason, the San Francisco 49ers might need to make a splash. If San Francisco wants to ease Jimmy G back into action, trading for an All-Pro like Elliott could make his life a whole lot easier. While San Francisco's backfield is already crowded, Elliott is a far more accomplished runner in between the tackles than Jerick McKinnon and Tevin Coleman. Both McKinnon and Coleman also excel in the passing game, the lone area of Elliott's game that isn't elite. Despite some recent splurges, the 49ers still have $26 million in cap space and adding Elliott could make them contenders in what is sure to be a competitive NFC West division.

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