Zac Taylor on Ezekiel Elliott: “We like our team as where it’s at right now”

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Earlier today, an ESPN.com report characterized free-agent running back Ezekiel Elliott as having three teams from which he’s choosing.

For one of those teams, that was news to the head coach.

“There’s a lot of great players that are available right now,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said Thursday night, via Mike Dyer of WCPO-TV. “We like our team as where it’s at right now. But it’s always funny when things get thrown around. Sometimes, it’s the first you hear of it. But that’s just the way life works.”

The way life works is, in some cases, a reporter will do a favor for an agent (in exchange for future considerations, like getting the scoop on where the player will be signing) by helping to create a market. That can happen by, as in this case, shading something in a way that isn’t exactly true and accurate.

Read the article. Adam Schefter never says the Bengals, Jets, or Eagles are actually interested in Elliott. But it’s clearly implied that Zeke isn’t barking up an empty tree in any of the three cities.

To summarize, Elliott has narrowed his options to the Bengals, Jets, and Eagles. Taylor’s comments would seem to be a no. Per multiple league sources, the Jets and Eagles aren’t currently interested, either.

So if Elliott wants to play in 2023, he may have to expand his options — or reduce his expectations enough to get one of those teams interested.

50 responses to “Zac Taylor on Ezekiel Elliott: “We like our team as where it’s at right now”

  1. He’s not even has good as Samaje. So he would never even see the field even if the Bengals have Mixon, Williams and Evans.

  2. He thinks he’s earned another contract for a contender. Clearly this is an wish list. Jets could probably use him early until Hall gets back. Then he’d be on the bench. He’s not needed in Cincy. Maybe the Eagles could find a use for him since they run the ball so much and lost Sanders. I just don’t think there is gonna be a big market for a dude that got paid and fell off a cliff. Maybe I’m wrong.

  3. i was shocked to read he had three high quality teams interested. with sll the rbs in the draft coming up it didnt make sense to go with a guy on a downward slide. he epent a fareer running behind the best o linkan in football, not gonna happen now.

  4. So he is delusional enough to think that he can just pick a team and they will jump to sign him?

    How bout them Cowboys!…..

  5. No running back ever has had a few down years followed by a resurgent year. Zeke is still an NFL RB but he’s a #2 10-12 touch per game guy. I’d imagine he’s somewhere near the #40 RB talent wise in the league.

    So stop it with the short list of approved teams. If any team wants to give him two years for 8 mil he should take it

  6. Maybe he and Lamar can try and sign as a “Package Deal?” With all of the demand showed for each of them by them selves, think of the potential frenzy of demand a combo signing would entail!…..lol…

  7. No team wants a washed up Zeke, but I here Cabo may want him back or he can ride a float in another parade.

  8. Zeke thinks he’s so accomplished and at the level where any team will just bow down to him, LOL.

  9. Gee what a shock either a player or agent trying to drum up interest that just isn’t there! Truth is Elliott still believes himself to be the lead guy not the second or third guy reality can be a harsh thing! Elliott needs to really watch his tape from last year and he will see the old slow RB that the rest of the league sees!

  10. Don’t know why any of those 3 teams would sign him.

    By Week 3 with any one of those 3 teams he’ll be an, I’m Zeke Elliott why aren’t I getting any touches? distraction

  11. Brilliant idea announcing teams you’d go to BEFORE checking with said teams to see if it was even a possibility. A perfect microcosm of his decision making.

  12. he can buy a 15 jersey from all 32 teams unless he plays for the league minimum

  13. Kind of funny, really. Elliott isn’t getting any action, so he’s making stuff up to see if something will stick. Then there’s the reality that he’s not as good as he thinks he is.

  14. Ha! He is no way able to pick and choose at this point in his career. He was never really that good. Trust me I had him in fantasy.

  15. I’m a Cowboys fan… Full disclosure. And I love Zeke. Yes, his contract was a Big mistake by Jerry, BUT, I believe he has real value as a blocker and a short yardage back as part of a one/two punch… I would be sick if he wound up in Philly, but I think he could thrive there or Cincy or NY (pending AR trade). I’m not saying I think he will be a league leader in rushing, I’m just saying I think he’d be valuable for tbe right price. I still hope he somehow ends up back in Dallas.

  16. The Bengals need to get younger, faster, and cheaper at RB not older and slower.

  17. That’s the same mistake the Brady Bucs made the next year, not realizing they lucked their way to a Super Bowl title.

  18. Zeke isn’t going get a wiff of the money he got from Dallas so he better make his contract “team friendly” or he’s going to sit out.

  19. OOOFFF thats pretty bad when they pass on you like that. Sorry, Zeke this isn’t the Bots anymore you’re washed.

  20. Pretty funny. A guy who was let go because of his declining skills let’s it be known his preference of teams includes two of the best and one that is adding tons of talent.
    Reality is he will be lucky to get an offer barring a late preseason injury. He needs to realize he is in the “take whatever you can get” category.

  21. It’s not just the Team selection announcement, but the resolve to keep #15 that has me baffled. If the team you’re choosing doesn’t even know they are involved in your search process, why are you even putting it out to the public?

  22. Not the worst idea. I saw this whole concept play out in an episode of The Office. Pam Beesly pretends to hold the title of Office Administrator, hoping the new management wouldn’t know otherwise and so give her additional income.

  23. Zeke will end up signing with whoever offers him the stupidest new nose ring!

  24. I know this isn’t a popular opinion amongst Eagles fans, but if the price is right, I wouldn’t mind the Eagles signing him. He’s not what he used to be, but he’d exceptional in pass protection and short-yardage. As it stands, our QB is our best short-yardage option! That’s not ideal.

  25. >>>The way life works is, in some cases, a reporter will do a favor for an agent (in exchange for future considerations, like getting the scoop on where the player will be signing) by helping to create a market.<<< PFT knows this well.

  26. jquaste says:
    March 24, 2023 at 9:16 am
    I know this isn’t a popular opinion amongst Eagles fans, but if the price is right, I wouldn’t mind the Eagles signing him. He’s not what he used to be, but he’d exceptional in pass protection and short-yardage. As it stands, our QB is our best short-yardage option! That’s not ideal.

    As a fan of the D.C.team with the stupid name, we’d like this because we enjoy tackling him for losses! But your team doesn’t pass the ball enough for there to be value in signing him for pass protection. You’re really a running team that throws the ball off of play action; which means you need really GOOD running backs; hence why they let Miles Sanders walk! They’re going to draft a better and cheaper back than this low character, washed up headache!

  27. These deals the media makes to try and pass off a story as something other than what it is to gain an advantage for themselves make it clear why nobody trusts the media anymore.

  28. Pretty much guaranteed at this time of year when there is a news release that a used up veteran has multiple interested teams it is almost always the agent trying to create a better offer for the one interested team or just trying to create a market duping GM’s into thinking what does the other GM see that I don’t, so I am going to take a flyer and sign the used up veteran than immediately regret it. If Lamar had an agent or at least one smart person (this includes the NFLPA) in his camp we would be seeing the same random news releases from unnamed sources.

  29. Why is Mixon still on the team at a $12M cap hit? At this point, cutting him so far into free agency would actually be a pretty dirty move to a guy that supposedly has been good for the team, but his production is awful and you could give every one of those $12M to Burrow this year to ease the pain of his future contract numbers. He’s a bad pass blocker and usually goes down on the first hit. I see no reason for him to get snaps on this team next year. No one that closely watches the Bengals thinks he’s the best RB for the job, especially at a $12M hit. Is this a case of the old timer Mike Brown honoring contracts too long again like he used to do? Remaining too loyal?

  30. Zeke isn’t a feature back anymore but he is an excellent backfield blocker that could keep Burrow off his backside which he desperately needs and also Zeke is a capable pass catcher out of the back field.

  31. Elliot has been washed up for at least 2 years. He can take veteran minimum to be a role player or retire. Those are his realistic options.

  32. sbc2556 says:
    March 23, 2023 at 10:39 pm
    Good! There’s no reason to bring in washed up low-character guys!

    ——-

    Lol 😂 seriously do you even know your team? Mixon is the lowest of the low characters in all the NFL.

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