Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys are reportedly closing in on an extension that would make the former Ohio State star the highest-paid running back in the league – by far.
ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio is reporting that Elliott and the Cowboys are close to a six-year, $90 million extension.
The Los Angeles Rams gave running back Todd Gurley four years and $60 million, the previous high total for a tailback.
Elliott’s reported new deal would tie him to the Cowboys through the 2026 season.
The chatter as of this moment in knowledgeable league circles is that the team and the player have come to terms on a six-year, $90 million extension. A source with directly knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the deal is not yet done, but that it’s close.
If it’s a six-year, $90 million extension, the deal will have a new-money average of $15 million per year. But it also would tie Elliott to the Cowboys for eight years, since he has two years left on his rookie deal.
Elliott is reportedly flying back to Dallas today with his full team of representatives, hoping a deal gets finalized.
The Cowboys open the 2019 season on Sunday against the New York Giants. Jerry Jones said earlier today that he was hopeful Elliott would be on the field for that contest.
“It would be great–will be and would be–if before a short period of time passes, Zeke would be in that group. We’ll see how today goes, we’ll see how tomorrow goes, we’ll see how the ensuing hours pan out,” Jones said this morning.
Jerry Jones to @1053thefan on Ezekiel Elliott playing Giants-Cowboys: "It would be great–will be and would be–if before a short period of time passes, Zeke would be in that group. We’ll see how today goes, we’ll see how tomorrow goes, we’ll see how the ensuing hours pan out."
— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) September 3, 2019
Elliott, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, has been holding out all preseason. He is one of three Cowboys stars seeking a new deal. Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper are also hoping to get contract extensions.
The Cowboys and the Giants are set to kick off at 4:25 p.m. E.T. The game will be on FOX.