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Cowboys Make 'Obvious' Contract Decision On Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott celebrating a touchdown for the Cowboys.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after scoring a 1 yard touchdown in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Dallas Cowboys are hoping to work out a longterm extension with star running back Ezekiel Elliott, but for now, the franchise has made the obvious short-term decision.

Elliott's fifth-year contract option is getting picked up.

“Obviously we’re gonna do it," Cowboys VP Stephen Jones confirmed.

All first-round NFL Draft picks have fifth-year contract options, though they have to be picked up within a week of the draft, before the fourth year of the deal.

Elliott has been one of the league's best running backs since getting drafted in 2016.

The former Ohio State star has rushed for 4,048 yards and 28 touchdowns in three seasons. He totaled more than 1,400 yards and six touchdowns in 2016.

The Cowboys will likely make Elliott one of the league's highest-paid running backs whenever an extension is agreed on.

For now, though the Cowboys have Elliott locked up for at least two more seasons.