DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) - The long-awaited standoff is finally over as the Dallas Cowboys and star running back Ezekiel Elliott have come to terms on a 6-year, $90 million contract extension, according to reports.
Roughly half of that ($50 Mil) is guaranteed. In all, it's $103M over 8 years, according to Ian Rapoport.
Elliott is expected to take part in practice Wednesday, his first with the team since he participated in OTAs in June.
105.3 The Fan’s Ben Rogers reported on air Tuesday that a deal was agreed to “in principle" and that the team will hold a press conference Wednesday to announce the deal. The team has yet to publicly schedule a press conference.
Elliott was seen photographed on a plane from Cabo San Lucas to Dallas-Fort Worth earlier Tuesday and was seen by several news outlets arriving at DFW. Elliott had spent most of the last month training for the upcoming season in Mexico.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones appeared on 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday morning and suggested the two sides had made progress on a contract extension that will make Elliott one of the highest-paid running backs in the history of the NFL.
"We'll see how today goes," Jones said. "We'll see how tomorrow goes. We'll see how the ensuing hours pan out."
Jones said that he was "hopeful" to have the star running back available to play in Sunday's season opener against the visiting New York Giants. It’s unknown if Elliott will available but Jerry and Stephen Jones have maintained that he’ll be in great shape when he returns to the team.
In 2018, Elliott led the NFL in rushing with 1,434 yards on 304 carries. It was the second time Elliott won the rushing title in his three years in the league.
The Cowboys used a fourth-round pick on Memphis running back Tony Pollard to help ease the burden on Elliott in 2019, and the rookie has delivered strong performances in limited preseason action. In three games, Pollard rushed for 84 yards on 15 carries and scored a touchdown.
He'll now assume his role behind Elliott and could be more involved in the early part of the season as Jason Garrett and his coaching staff ease their bell cow back into things.