On Wednesday morning, the Dallas Cowboys officially made Ezekiel Elliott the highest-paid running back in the league.
Dallas signed the star running back to a six-year contract extension worth $90 million. The contract passes Todd Gurley’s as the most expensive in NFL history.
Elliott’s $50 million guaranteed also eclipses Gurley’s record of $45 million.
After signing his new deal, Elliott returned to the practice field with his teammates for the first time in months. In fact, NFL insider Jane Slater revealed it’s the first time Elliott shared the field with the Cowboys in 83 days.
Despite holding out for so long, the star running back is reportedly in good shape.
Ezekiel Elliott returns to the field with teammates for the first time in 83 days. HC Jason Garrett says he’s in “good shape”. No conditioning run but will rely on Zeke/staff to be open & honest about how he looks/feels ahead of Sunday. Similar to player coming back from injury. pic.twitter.com/sfFY7GfDug
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) September 4, 2019
Elliott spent the majority of the summer training in Cabo. He even enlisted the help of former star running back Marshall Faulk and a handful of other former NFL players to get in game shape.
All of his hard work this summer paid off – both for his health and his wallet.
With Elliott back on the field, the Cowboys will be significant favorites in their season-opener. Dallas faces off against divisional rival New York on Sunday afternoon.
The Cowboys and the Giants kick off on Sunday afternoon at 4:25 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on FOX.