4 former Patriots who are still having trouble finding jobs

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4 former Patriots who are still having trouble finding jobs

Ezekiel Elliott

As one of the more recently universally agreed upon free agent signings amongst Patriots fans, Ezekiel Elliott's arrival was exciting, with the thought of him and Rhamondre Stevenson making up the best backfield in the league.

The former Cowboy was coming off what most considered a "down season" in Dallas due to Tony Pollard's rise, but he was still incredibly productive and expected to bring that to New England. His experience in the passing game was probably the most intriguing part of his addition to the offense, as Stevenson was still figuring that out and could use some help on game day.

Although Elliott's performance in 2023 didn't blow the doors down, he became much more valuable once Stevenson was injured. He then became Bailey Zappe's primary backfield target and would have likely been more productive had the offense been even slightly better than it was.

Perhaps his unexciting year with the Patriots has hindered teams' pursuit of him in free agency, along with the long list of other running backs available this year. He could also be trying to skip most of the offseason training activities that teams mandate, similar to what he did last year before signing with the Patriots.

Elliott remains unsigned as we enter the third week of the new league year, but rumors have suggested he could triumphantly return to Dallas, which didn't re-sign Pollard this offseason.