Jerry Jones and his Dallas Cowboys finally got it done with Ezekiel Elliott this morning. They sealed the contract extension with their All-Pro running back in a historic six-year, $90 million deal.
In an appearance on CNBC’s Squawk On The Street today, Jones was candid about how he viewed the contract. He referred to Elliott as “arguably our best player” who has been “an incremental part to our success.”
Jones jokingly lamented being roughly $100 million lighter in the wallet, but explained it was worth it for a player like Elliott.
“Zeke has a big heart. Now, he has a thick pocketbook, too.”
Jerry Jones on Cowboys extending Ezekiel Elliott: "Zeke has a big heart. Now, he has a thick pocketbook, too." https://t.co/bEF43mPl5Z
— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) September 4, 2019
The Cowboys drafted Elliott No. 4 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft after a historic run with Ohio State.
He quickly proved to be one of the NFL’s elite backs, leading the league in rushing yards per game in each of his three seasons.
Elliott led the NFL in rushing yards in 2016 and 2018 despite only playing 15 games in each season. He earned Pro Bowl honors in both seasons and First-Team All-Pro as a rookie.
But after 2018, he had the right to renegotiate a new deal, so he held out all of training camp and preseason.
Now he’s got his dough and is ready to get back to the field.
One thing’s for sure: Elliott’s deal certainly challenges the narrative that running backs in the NFL are undervalued.