This morning, the Dallas Cowboys showed Ezekiel Elliott the money. The star running back just received a six-year contract extension for $90 million. Within this $90 million extension, $50 million will be guaranteed. Not only did Elliott earn this contract, but he deserved it.
This new deal makes Ezekiel Elliott the highest-paid running back in the league. Elliott surpasses superstar running back Todd Gurley, who was paid $45 million. ESPN Staff writer Todd Archer broke down Elliott’s contact. “Elliott, 24, was under contract through 2020 and was set to make $3.853 million in 2019 and $9.09 million on the fifth-year option in 2020, making his total compensation through 2026 more than $100 million”. According to this breakdown, Elliott’s total compensation will be $100 million and he will only be 31 years old.
Ezekiel Elliott was drafted in 2016 to the Dallas Cowboys at the age of 21. He was the number 4 overall pick of that draft class. He quickly became a star on the field. The Dallas rookies Elliott and Dak Prescott stamped their names in the league. The Elliott and Prescott team could not be stopped in the 2016 season. The phrase “Feed Zeke” became a permanent crowd chant by fans and spectators. Elliott set a record in the 2016 season with 1,631 yards. This record led the league and resulted with 15 touchdowns in 15 games all during his rookie season with the Cowboys. At 24 years old, Elliott’s career statistics are outstanding. Elliot has played a total of 40 games, had 28 touchdowns and a total of 4047 rushing yards.
ESPN Staff writer Todd Archer mentioned that “Elliott is the fifth player since the NFL/AFL merger in 1970 to lead the league in rushing twice in his first three seasons. Cowboys Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, also accomplished the feat in 1991 and 1992.” Elliott opted out of going to training camp and preseason games until his contract negotiations were completed. Elliott now has that new contract, we cannot wait to see what he brings to the field this 2019 season.