Patriots sign ex-Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott to $6 million agreement for one year.

New England's Week 4 road trip to Dallas grew more interesting.

NFL Network Insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero claimed Monday that the Patriots will sign former Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott to a one-year, $6 million contract.

Elliott was dismissed by the Cowboys this summer after seven seasons. The 28-year-old visited the Patriots on July 29 as a free agent.

Elliott released a new photo Monday. It hinted at a new team. Elliott stated Monday that he will wear No. 15 in New England, his Ohio State number.

The Patriots signed Elliott to strengthen their backfield. Rapoport said New England wanted a back like Zeke who runs between the tackles, even though they love Rhamondre Stevenson. 

Elliott's pass-blocking skills gave Bill Belichick's backfield a valuable addition.

After Elliott's arrival, veteran Ty Montgomery, Pierre Strong Jr., Kevin Harris, J.J. Taylor, and CJ Marable will have to compete for roster spots.

Dallas hoped Elliott would return to the team that chose him No. 4 overall in 2016, but New England offered a contract that was likely more lucrative.

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