NFL legend Emmitt Smith criticised the Dallas Cowboys and the league for having "no love" for guys like Ezekiel Elliott.
Jerry Jones, Cowboys owner, announced Elliott's release on Wednesday. Elliott topped the NFL in running yards per game for three consecutive seasons between 2016 and 2018.
The 2016 and 2018 NFL running leader is a three-time Pro Bowler. He scored 12 touchdowns in 2022, but he had a bad season and became the Cowboys' second-string runner behind Tony Pollard.
Elliott was released due to his contract and health. He rejected after signing a six-year, $90 million contract deal in 2019. He wore a brace for the remainder of the season after missing two games due to a knee injury.
Smith, who supported Elliott, noted that the NFL is a business. Smith is sorry to see the 27-year-old depart since he allegedly helped the Cowboys locker room.
“Wow, this is incredible to me—no disrespect to Malik Davis,” Smith said. “Our starter running back is gone, and his backup has a fractured leg? NFL means short-lived. Everyone else, receive your money since they hate you.