15 Patriots Who Won't Return for the 2024 Season

Don't expect these Patriots players to return to New England in 2024.

Jan 7, 2024; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) warms
Jan 7, 2024; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) warms / David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Ezekiel Elliott

Elliott, a former fourth overall pick, signed with New England this past offseason on a one-year deal after spending the first seven years of his career with the Dallas Cowboys.

Prior to the Patriots, Elliott had a standout career in Dallas. He led the league twice in rushing yards, was named to the Pro Bowl three times, and received two All-Pro selections. He eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark on four occasions.

Despite question marks surrounding how much Elliott had left in the tank, he had a productive 2023 with the Patriots, especially when accounting for the shoddy offensive line and overall offensive ineptitude.

On 184 carries, Elliott gained 642 yards on the ground with three scores. Receiving-wise, he added 51 catches for 313 yards and two scores. He also provided much-needed stability on offense, suiting up for all 17 contests.

He led the team in carries, yards rushing, and receptions, and was forced into an increased workload following a season-ending injury to Rhamondre Stevenson in Week 13.

Elliott likely showed enough this season to elongate his NFL career at age 28, but with his one-year deal expiring, it is tough to imagine that it will be in a Patriots uniform.