Ezekiel Elliott entered Wednesday with two years remaining on his rookie deal with the Dallas Cowboys.
When he leaves the facility to go home this afternoon, he’ll do so with a few extra million in his pocket. Elliott and the Cowboys agreed to a contract that will make Zeke the highest-paid running back in the league.
The former Ohio State star signed a six-year contract extension worth $90 million with $50 million guaranteed.
Those were the details that came out as of Wednesday morning. However, a few hours after he signed the deal, Elliott’s full contract details have leaked.
ESPN’s Cowboys insider Todd Archer has the details:
- Signing bonus – $7.5 million
- 2019 base salary – $752,137
- 2020 base salary – $6.8 million ($13 million option bonus)
- 2021 base salary – $9.6 million
- 2022 base salary – $12.4 million
- 2023 base salary – $10.9 million
- 2024 base salary – $10 million
- 2025 base salary – $15.4 million
- 2026 base salary – $16.6 million.
The first two years of the contract are fully guaranteed with $28 million at signing.
Unsurprisingly, the deal is back-loaded to protect the Cowboys from a potential decline in production from the star tailback. However, he’ll still make plenty of money in the first few years of the deal.
Elliott and the Cowboys will face off against the New York Giants in the team’s season-opener this weekend.
Dallas and New York kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX.