cowboys ezekiel elliot extension

Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott Both Win With New Extension

It’s done. The most highly talked about storyline in the NFL in the last six weeks has finally come to a close as Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys have agreed to an extension.

Here are the numbers: it’s a six-year extension, worth $90 million and insiders are saying “close to” $50 million guaranteed. This new deal is in addition to his salary this season, as well as the fifth-year option the Cowboys already picked up, so in total Elliott is in the fold for eight years and will be paid $103 million with $50 guaranteed.

The exact structure and when the money is paid has yet to be released, but this is a good deal for both the team and Zeke. Stephen Jones had mentioned that Dallas didn’t want to set the market, and he came away winning half that battle. Elliott’s annual average salary will be under $13 million, placing him fourth among running backs, but the guaranteed money and total value of the extension makes the star runner the highest-paid RB in the history of the NFL.

In the end, this is a good compromise. The Cowboys get one of their best players back as the season is about to kick-off and Elliott gets to boast about his $100 million deal, with half of that guaranteed, setting the new high watermark for running backs. The constant back and forth between the two sides is over and the focus is now back onto football.

It felt clear this wasn’t getting done until the last minute, as Jerry Jones often said, “deadlines make deals.” The Cowboys didn’t have a pressing need for Elliott to be in training camp, he just had to be prepared for what many feel is the Cowboys’ best shot at winning a Super Bowl in years. Since arriving in Dallas, Elliott has always been a big piece of what they do on offense and helps their identity as a team. As long as Elliott was signed and ready to play week one, all will be forgiven.

Now, who’s next in the contract drama, is it Dak Prescott or Amari Cooper? All kidding aside, it’s back to the game on the field, and Ezekiel Elliot makes the Cowboys a better team in an important year. We’re onto the Giants.

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