2 Elite NFL Running Backs Are Into A New Kind Of Competition

Running back Dalvin Cooks #4 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball during a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on January 08, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois.
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With the new NFL season less than three months away, there are two very good and capable running backs currently on the free-agent market.

Ezequiel Elliott, a three-time Pro Bowler, and Dalvin Cook, who made the Pro Bowl in each of the last four seasons, are both available and waiting for a team to snatch them up.

Elliott has been a huge part of the Dallas Cowboys’ offense since 2016, when he was the No. 4 pick in the draft.

He took the NFL by storm as a rookie, leading the league in scoring with 15 touchdowns along with 1,631 rushing yards and leading Dallas to its best record in nearly a decade.

But over the past few years, he’s been in slow decline, and this past season he had a career-low 3.8 yards per carry.

The emergence of Tony Pollard as the Cowboys’ newest Pro Bowl tailback clearly made Elliott expendable.

Meanwhile, Cook is still at the peak of his career.

He ran for 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns in 2022 and was a big reason the Vikings won 13 regular-season games.

Many people think he is on his way to joining the Miami Dolphins, a team that has plenty of weapons on both sides of the football but an anemic ground attack.

Cook is originally from Miami, so joining them would be a fitting move for him.

But of course, for both he and Elliott, there is the question of how much money they will be asking for and how many teams will be able to afford them.

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