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Zeke jukes and jives way to paydirt, $90-million contract
Posted Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at 12:51 PM
Zeke Elliott and QB Dak Prescott | CBS Sports
DALLAS — Zeke and the Cowboys' 41-day standoff far surpasses the 13 days the Alamo boasted, but the holdout is finally over. Zeke is back in pads and in the Big D where he belongs.
Yes, Ezekiel Elliott's negotiating tactics and antics pay off as the star running back for the Dallas Cowboys signs a 6-year, $90 million contract extension. $50 million is guaranteed with a $7.5 million signing bonus.
However, Elliot will lose roughly $1 million of his bonus to compensate for the multiple $40,000-per-practice fines he accumulated while missing the NFL preseason.
"I'm $100 million lighter as of this morning," Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones said. "Zeke has been arguably our best player."
"We're glad to get him booked in," Jones continued. "We're glad to have him on the team. He plays a position that has some pretty interesting dynamics to it because running backs are short-lived, although we had what I consider to be one of the top five greatest ones in Emmitt Smith. And Emmitt ran the ball for 13 years, so you don't have to have a four- or five-year career to be a running back."
"On the other hand, Zeke allows us to create such problems for the defense that he can open it up to our passing, open it up for Dak Prescott," Jones explained. "Of course we've got to have some guys on defense to get those guys the ball. That's what this is all about."
Dallas Cowboys running back Zeke Elliott | Getty Images
Elliott is now the highest-paid running back in the NFL. Todd Gurley takes the silver medal with his 4-year, $57.5 million deal. No. 3 is Le'Veon Bell with a 4-year, $52.5 million contract.
However, Zeke is no where near the top-paid NFL player. That distinction belongs to quarterback Matt Ryan (5 years, $150 million). The defensive player making the most money is linebacker Khalil Mack who earns $141 million courtesy his 6-year deal.
Head Coach Jason Garrett is ready to move beyond the numbers and focus on football conditioning for Zeke.
"He's in very good shape," Garrett said. "He looks good, but he hasn't practiced with pro football players, so we'll just see how he fits back in. But he's a quick study. He's a smart guy, got excellent football IQ. So we'll just see where he is and adjust accordingly as we go."
Dallas will utilize a roster exemption, so Zeke can practice with the team this week. In order for him to play in the first regular season game this weekend, the Cowboys will have to make a roster move.
The Cowboys open their season at home against NFC division rival New York Giants at 3:25 p.m. Sunday. The game airs on FOX.