NFL News : Elliott becomes top-paid running back with massive new contract!

Elliott becomes top-paid running back with massive new contract!

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The saga has finally come to an end. 

Early on Wednesday morning, Ezekiel Elliott inked new massive contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys. He is staying put. 

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Jane Slater reported Wednesday that the Cowboys and Elliott have agreed to a six-year, $90 million extension, per sources informed of the deal. In all, it’s $103 million over eight years, with $50 million guaranteed, Rapoport added.

With this new contract in hand, Elliott becomes top-paid running in the NFL, topping Todd Gurley’s $14.375 million per year. He also is the first Cowboy to eclipse $100 million in total value.

The impasse is finally over after Elliott had yet to practice with the team this summer. While he and owner Jerry Jones went back and forth during the negotiations process, fans are now thrilled to find out he is expected to be with the Cowboys for years to come. 

In 40 games played through three seasons, Elliott has averaged 21.7 carries per tilt, with two seasons toting more than 300 times. Last year, the Cowboys put most of their trust in Zeke, who compiled 304 carries, 1,434 rush yards, 6 rush TD, and 95.6 rush YPG. Playing in 15 games, Elliott ranked first in the NFL last year in carries per game (20.3), rushing yards per game (95.6), touches per game (25.4) and scrimmage yards per game (133.4). He also got more involved in the passing game, generating career-highs with 77 receptions, 567 receiving yards, and 3 TD catches. His 2,001 scrimmage yards ranked second behind only Saquon Barkley (2,028).

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