The Dallas Cowboys spent the majority of the 2019 off-season locking up its young stars with lucrative contracts. DeMarcus Lawrence, La’el Collins and Jaylon Smith all earned new contracts this summer.
It was Ezekiel Elliott, though, that stole all of the headlines. The star running back signed a six-year contract extension worth $90 million with $50 million guaranteed in the week leading up to Dallas’ season-opener.
While $90 million is a lot, it’s not even close to what he wanted in the first place.
A new report reveals how much the star running back wanted from the Cowboys. Clarence Hill of the Star-Telegram revealed Elliott wanted “top wide receiver money.”
From the report:
It was for top wide receiver money – think more than Odell Beckham but under the $22 million annually that Julio Jones just got from the Atlanta Falcons – and $110 million in total to make him the highest paid player in Cowboys history.
Elliott’s representatives knew they would have to come down from that offer, so starting high makes sense.
Elliott still became the highest-paid running back in the NFL, surpassing Todd Gurley’s deal with the Los Angeles Rams.
Next up for the Cowboys is a contract for quarterback Dak Prescott, who will also likely set the market for quarterbacks.