Ezekiel Elliott Cowboys Agrees To $90 Million Contract Extension

In a stunning turn of events, Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys have put an end to the most dramatic holdout saga in the NFL, just days before the start of the season. The star running back agreed to a lucrative six-year, $90 million contract extension, making him the highest-paid running back in the league. This landmark deal surpasses Todd Gurley’s four-year, $60 million contract, resetting the market for top-tier players at this critical position. Notably, Elliott’s deal also outshines Gurley’s in terms of guaranteed money, with the Cowboys committing a staggering $50 million compared to the $45 million the Rams had guaranteed to Gurley.

The negotiation process was no walk in the park, with surpassing Gurley’s contract reportedly serving as a major point of contention. However, it seems that both sides have found common ground, ultimately ensuring that the Dallas Cowboys will have their star running back on the field for Week 1 when they face the New York Giants.

Ezekiel Elliott

Before this agreement, there was growing concern among fans and experts that Elliott’s holdout might extend into the regular season, an unsettling prospect for both the player and the team. Zeke had consistently been the league leader in rushing, dominating the ground game in two out of his three full seasons. He sought compensation that reflected his status as a top-tier running back, and his performance on the field certainly warranted it. On the other hand, the Cowboys had an array of financial commitments to other players, and given that Elliott still had two years left on his rookie contract, they likely aimed to delay his significant payday.

Throughout the negotiation process, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expressed his uncertainty regarding Elliott’s availability for regular-season games. This standoff between the player and the team seemed intractable, causing anxiety among Cowboys faithful. While the holdout posed a genuine threat of extending into the start of the season, the unexpected resolution on Tuesday served as a breath of relief for fans and the organization alike.

Ezekiel Elliott

The agreement not only reunites the Dallas Cowboys with their most potent offensive weapon but also secures Ezekiel Elliott’s future with the franchise through 2026. As the Cowboys gear up to open their season at home against the New York Giants, they can now count on having their star running back in the backfield, ready to carry the hopes and expectations of the team and its fervent fan base. The tension has lifted, and the focus can finally shift to the gridiron, where Elliott’s performance will undoubtedly be under intense scrutiny as he strives to justify the record-breaking contract that has brought an end to this compelling saga.

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