Cowboys announce Ezekiel Elliott deal

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Tuesday brought word that Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys were close to finalizing a six-year, $90 million contract extension and Wednesday morning brought reports that the deal was done.

In what the Cowboys called “the post you’ve all been waiting for” on the Twitter account, the team has now officially announced that they’ve come to an agreement with their star running back. Elliott is expected at the team’s facility to take a physical and practice with designs on playing against the Giants in Week One.

The full details of the deal are pending, but multiple reports have the total guaranteed money at $50 million. That’s the most of any running back in the NFL and the average annual salary of the extension also puts Elliott in the top spot. Elliott is tied to the Cowboys for eight years overall as he’s under contract for 2019 and the Cowboys already exercised their option on his contract for 2020.

That happened despite the Cowboys saying they weren’t going to reset the running back market with an Elliott deal, but it became clear some time ago that nothing less than the top spot was going to get Elliott into a uniform to start the season. Now we’ll see if they’re also able to get deals done with quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper after a long offseason of contract talk concerning three of their offensive stars.

96 responses to “Cowboys announce Ezekiel Elliott deal

  1. Now all Jerry has to do is re-sign Dak or Amari and he can then use the Franchise Tag on the one left out initially. It ensures that he keeps basically his main group together for at least one more year if he can accomplish this.

  2. Great news … I wanted Dallas at full strength so no excuses if they don’t make the Super Bowl and if they do …. congratulations 🎈

  3. Not worth it anyway you slice it. Let’s see him run behind a line in Miami. He wouldn’t be saying that stupid feed me thing all the time. Trade this dude Hershal Walker style now.

  4. I would not have given him a dime. The chargers are handling holdouts the correct way. NOPE!!! The cowboys just set precedence on that team to just hold out and stomp your feet like a child and you will get your way. Dumb

  5. jacunn2000 says:
    September 4, 2019 at 7:53 am
    Not worth it anyway you slice it. Let’s see him run behind a line in Miami.

    ————

    But he’s not running behind a line in Miami. He’s running behind and line in Dallas. Successfully. And Cowboys are the ones paying him. Not Miami.

    ???

  6. The cowboys will never win anything until they have a real GM handlings things instead of self-aggrandizing and delusional owner who fashions himself as a football man. For all the fanboys who says he is a “winner” who has 3 rings, please pound sand we all know that it was Jimmie Johnson who was responsible for that and they haven’t been relevant since. How do they pay Dak and Amari and still have enough in the till for the supporting cast? Riddle me that…

  7. lmao at all the negative comments. You should take a lesson from this. Ask for what you’re worth. Obviously the guy who writes the checks thought he was worth it.

  8. And how do they plan on paying Armari Copper when Micheal Thomas got 20 million a year and Im not a fan paying a running back that kind of money.Im curious how many rings do the highest paid running backs in league have combined.Let me help you with that answer 0

  9. Now the most important detail is how much of the money comes on the back end of the deal. If the highest base salaries come on the back end, after any guaranteed money would be off the cap, then it’s really team option money and thus doesn’t impact the “true” Average Annual Value of the deal.

  10. “Elliott is tied to the Cowboys for eight years”
    ————
    Until he holds out again in about 3 years after he gets all of his upfront guaranteed money.
    And then we can all listen to the “Billionaires stealing from Millionaires” stuff again.

  11. Does that guaranteed money include this year and his 5th-year option which in total is close to 13MM?

    If so, its more like37MM guaranteed. What is that 12.5MM/year for 3 years beyond 2020?
    I suppose tahts ok. He’s very good and the cap will go up.

  12. i send my congratulations
    the prodical son returns
    another 6-10 season
    0% chance for a superbowl. college roster talent and a highschool football coach

  13. BB would have traded this clown… probably for a 1st and a 4th and used the picks to improve the depth of the team….. Jerry proves every season why he should have never forced Jimmy Johnson out the door

  14. “I wanted Dallas at full strength so no excuses if they don’t make the Super Bowl ”

    The Cowboys are the only team that anyone says this about.

  15. Dallas actually has a really solid D. The fact that they’re going to dump 65 million a year into 3 offensive players is fantastic for the rest of the NFC East. There’s not enough money to pay everyone without the bill coming due. Their strength will become a weakness soon enough.

  16. SWFLPC.INC says:
    September 4, 2019 at 8:05 am
    Somewhere Bill Belichick just crossed the Cowboys of his list of teams he needs to worry about seeing in a SB anytime soon

    *************************************************************************

    Somewhere a Pats fan comments on an article that has nothing to do with the Pats and actually makes an intelligent point without interjecting NE into it.

  17. This is a problem that you hope you have, till you do. How do you pay all the talent and still field a competitive team? Should be interesting in the years to come.

    But if there is someone who is willing to take the risk, its Ol’ Jerry.

  18. In the end Jerry folds like a cheap tent. So much for not wanting to set the market and make Zeke the highest paid RB.

  19. Jerry is desperate for Super Bowl win without haters claiming “Jimmy” did it, but this Zeke love affair will leave a bitter taste in his mouth.

  20. This is a bad look. Caving to a player who has been in the news for all the wrong reasons and in trouble with the law when he already has a contract is a bad precedent.
    I don’t care how good this guy is. He’s a risk. Should’ve made him prove himself that he could stay out of trouble.

  21. Zeke held out, Dak didn’t. Zeke got a contract, Dak didn’t. Can we stop asking which approach is better?

  22. Leave it to Ol’ Jerry to overpay a running back. He seriously needs to be evaluated for dementia. Running backs are a dime a dozen as long as you have a good OL. Patriots and Saints have proven this numerous times. OL is the absolute most important position on the field when it comes to QB and RB.

  23. With more money comes more responsibility. After Emmitt ended his holdout, he helped the Cowboys to 2 more Super Bowls, although it could’ve been 3 had the niners not sign Deion Sanders. So, we will see what Zeke can do.

  24. For those of you that think they sign Dak or Cooper and franchise the other, not enough cap space. They would have to pay Dak because otherwise the franchise tag is way more than he’s worth. Now you can’t
    pay a receiver. Now you are a one dimensional team. Everybody’s gonna load the box anyway and make Dak beat them. It’s the smart play.

    As for demanding what you’re worth and getting it. This play only happens in Dallas. Look at the Steelers telling Bell to take a walk (lost nothing) the chargers will be telling Gordon to take a walk (won’t lose anything), it’s a passing league. When Saquan wants crazy money even the Giants will say goodbye. It’s bad spending. I don’t care if you’re a cowboys lover or hater, this was a bad move.

  25. Where are all the posters championing brissett and blasting agents as a waste??? I’m sooooo sure zeke would have gotten anywhere close to this on his own.

  26. eyeaustin says:
    September 4, 2019 at 7:53 am
    “Zeke who?”

    Yeah, you knew better. Just had to make yourself look foolish first, huh Jerry?
    ————————————————–

    Jerry has been a negotiator his entire life, I think it’s safe to say that he knows what he’s doing. There are no “Told you so’s,” or “i got ya’s,” he knew exactly what he was doing when he said that. And no, Jerry also doesn’t care if some random IT helpdesk guy behind a key board at some random 11 person SMB thinks that he own a billion dollar company better than a guy that actually has experience owning billion dollar companies.

  27. creamingyellowzonkers says:
    September 4, 2019 at 8:15 am
    “Elliott is tied to the Cowboys for eight years”
    ————
    Until he holds out again in about 3 years after he gets all of his upfront guaranteed money.
    And then we can all listen to the “Billionaires stealing from Millionaires” stuff again.
    ————————
    OR … and this is just as likely… Jones is squeezing him to take a pay cut because his legs are about to fall off. Are we gonna tell Jones to honor the contract because you’re such a beacon for BOTH sides honoring??? I won’t hold my breath.

  28. If you’re a FA, Dallas has to look like the place to be; dolt of an owner who merely postures in negotiations than folds like picnic table and writes virtual blank checks.

  29. He’ll suffer an injury early in the season (because of the hold-out) and the Cowboys will be a non-factor as a NFC Super Bowl representative. When your key players are more concerned with getting their money than winning games that team is destined for mediocrity.

  30. Just a point but they didn’t reset the RB market. Including the two years he has left this is an 8 year deal that averages less per year than Bell if you go by the actual numbers and not the fake ones that make everyone feel good. I also believe the 50 million to be wrong and it will be just a tick above Gurley also to make the numbers look good for Zeke. They actually got what they wanted out of him. A contract that gives them control for his whole career at a cost that is fairly low against the cap with outs for the team if needed while still having numbers that let Zeke save face.

  31. Jerry repeatedly said that they didn’t need Zeke. As a Cowboys fan of 30-something years I can tell you Jerry is most certainly crazy, but he’s not stupid. May have said a bunch of things in front of the camera, but it’s what happened behind closed doors that counts.

  32. leroyquimby says:
    September 4, 2019 at 8:53 am
    Zeke held out, Dak didn’t. Zeke got a contract, Dak didn’t. Can we stop asking which approach is better?
    ————
    Definitely better for the individual player.
    The Steelers and the Chargers took a different approach for the team.

    But what’s the point in having any contract if a player gets what they want after signing a contract?

    If the owners held out cash payments on the players, there would be even more blood in the streets over the owners. But I guess in today’s world of contracts, the employer is supposed to give up whatever the employee demands. Even after agreeing on a contact.

  33. Jerry and Stephen Jones look like idiots. Not because of the ultimate signing and the money that went along with it, that’s their business in how they spend their money, but because in the end they did exactly what they said they wouldn’t do and then did it. All that tough talk.

  34. Be interesting to see if they still run him into the ground or invest more draft capital into backup at the position assuming pollard can’t do the job. I know a lot of you think he can, I don’t know but will be interesting to find out

  35. Let’s see if he’s worth it.

    3 seasons – (one of them stupidly short by a corrupt commissioner who is not even-handed in handing down punishment, right Tyreek?)

    42 games – 4,048 yards rushing, 1,199 receiving, 34 combined TDs. And he just turned 24. With our O-Line healthy, you’ve got to lock him in.

    While I was siding slightly with Jerry on this, I don’t blame him at all. He has far outperformed his contract. With Garrett’s approach to running RBs into the ground, he’s got to protect his future.

  36. Dallas still has quite a bit of cap space left and with the new CBA looming the cap will only continue to increase. The deal is structured well to allow Dallas to cut ties after Zeke turns 28 so they will have great flexability as Zeke begins to decline. Until then they have THE top runningback in the league behind a great offensive line for the next 3 years at minimum.

  37. We are loaded now for a run and were close last year. We should be the favorites now to win our 6th Lombardi.

  38. Let’s hope he doesn’t Haynesworth the Boys! Remember Roy OU Williams, Roy UT Williams, when they got their guaranteed money they coasted to the bank and oblivion! And Marcellus Wiley!

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    wutangisforthechildren30 says:
    September 4, 2019 at 9:05 am
    eyeaustin says:
    September 4, 2019 at 7:53 am
    “Zeke who?”

    Yeah, you knew better. Just had to make yourself look foolish first, huh Jerry?
    ————————————————–

    Jerry has been a negotiator his entire life,

    ———

    Negotiator? Jerry folders like a cheap suit and Zeke ate his lunch!

  40. fofrenchy says:
    September 4, 2019 at 9:54 am
    any money not in Jerry Jones pockets has to be a good thing for the world.

    ———-

    Jerry was going to spend the money anyway. It simply went into Zeke’s pockets from a bunch of lesser players.

  41. So at the end of the day he’s only going to realize about $30 Million of that guaranteed money before Dallas makes some kind of move to unload him. Not that eye popping if you ask me

  42. justintuckrule says:
    September 4, 2019 at 9:05 am
    creamingyellowzonkers says:
    September 4, 2019 at 8:15 am
    “Elliott is tied to the Cowboys for eight years”
    ————
    Until he holds out again in about 3 years after he gets all of his upfront guaranteed money.
    And then we can all listen to the “Billionaires stealing from Millionaires” stuff again.
    ————————
    OR … and this is just as likely… Jones is squeezing him to take a pay cut because his legs are about to fall off. Are we gonna tell Jones to honor the contract because you’re such a beacon for BOTH sides honoring??? I won’t hold my breath.
    ——-
    But all of that is within the contract that Zeke just signed.
    Zeke just agreed to those terms UPFRONT.
    At that time, Zeke can say hell no.
    Then if he’s cut, he goes to the higher bidder.

    And Zeke wins again.

  43. It’s going to be a repeat of the Gurley deal. He’ll either promptly get hurt or even if he manages to stay healthy his game will dip enough within a year or two where he’ll be massively operpaid for the production he’ll be producing.

  44. No one knows whether this deal is good for the Cowboys or not. They clearly signed a long term contract to have an out after a certain amount of time and what is guaranteed and how it is structured will determine whether the deal is good for the team. I would guess that the “extension” is actually 3 years with some dead cap hit if the exit the deal in year 4. But that still gives the Cowboys the services of Zeke for 5 additional years when you count 2019 and 2020 at a cost of about $16 million for those two years. So say the new deal has a new $50 million in guaranteed money, it surely is structured with a large signing bonus that will be pro-rated over the 6 year period, based on Gurley’s contract lets go with $22 million in signing bonus ($1 million more than Gurley’s) and the first three years make up the remaining $28 million in guaranteed money. That would mean Zeke is going to cost the Cowboys $13 million over those first three years and they will end up with a dead cap hit of $11 million in year 2024/25 if the cut him after using up his abilities over the first 8 years of his career. Zeke just turned 24 this summer, which means he would be turning 29 going into the 24/25 season, right at the age a lot of RB drop off the cliff, especially given how much the Cowboys use him.

    So you couple those three years at an average of $13 million ($3.67 prorated bonus + $9.33 average salary) and the next two season at $16 million total . . . and the Cowboys have Zeke for the next 5 years at an average of $11 million per year, with a cap hit of $11 million. That really isn’t resetting the RB market, even if you throw the $11 million cap hit onto the first 5 year’s average it only amounts to $13.2 million – a high number but not the off the charts number of $15 million per year over 6 years. I think people need to pump the breaks a bit before stating that this is a team unfriendly deal that the Cowboys will regret in the long term or that is prohibits the Cowboys from signing Cooper and Prescott. And believe me I am no Cowboys fan, I hate the team and would like to see them go 7-9, just good enough to not have a top draft pick but bad enough that they realize how far they are from a SB contender.

  45. Please stop mentioning Saquan in the same sentence.
    1) He has character
    2) He’s a leader
    3) He piled up yardage behind a second rate line
    3) He’s not afraid to block
    4) He’s as good a receiver as he is a runner.
    ‘Nuf said.

  46. Zeke wanted to get paid for his production. I don’t see a problem paying him according to his production. People keep saying RBs are dime a dozen. If you’re talking about a good or avg RB sure. Those are easy to find. To find an elite talent at any position is hard. I don’t know what the actual numbers will be but it’s an extension. He will be tied to the team for 8 years for a little over 100mil. That’s 12.5 mil/yr over the total contract. The Cowboys have 20 mil in cap space this year and 66 mil next year without Zeke’s numbers added. Part of Zeke’s numbers are already accounted for though. Whatever they added to those next 2 years is what matters. Two years from now the cap will be up 20 mil at least. If it’s front loaded it won’t affect them that much. They already have all their lineman signed for at least another few years. They got a couple core defensive guys signed long term as well. This team is still one of the youngest in the league. There’s only a few core players not signed long term yet. The Cowboys aren’t in Cap Hell like many suggest. Dak’s deal is what will make or break the Cowboys long term because unlike Zeke, Dak will not perform to the level is he will get paid.

    These are the elite backs that are getting paid like it

    RBs
    Zeke – 2001 yds 9TDs possibly 15mil/yr on his extension
    Gurley – 1831 yds 21Tds 14.37milyr
    Bell – Last season played 1946yds 11TDs 13.12mil/yr

    Future RBs
    Barkley – 2028yds 15tds
    Kamara – 1592yds 18TDs
    McCaffrey – 1965yds 13Tds

    All 3 will have contracts bigger than Zeke’s so laugh while you can.

    WRs

    Thomas – 1405 yds 9 TDS 19.25mil/yr
    Beckham – 1052 yds 6 TDS 18mil/yr
    Brown – 1297 yds 15T TDs 16.70mil/yr
    Evans – 1524 8 TDs 16.5mil/yr
    Hopkins – 1572 11 Tds 16.2mil/yr
    Cooks – 1204 5tds 16.2mil/yr
    Thielen – 1373yds 9TDs 16.2mil/yr
    Watkins – 519yds 3 tds 16mil/yr
    Landry – 976ds 4 tds 15.1mil/yr
    Green – 694yds 6tds 15mil/yr
    Adams – 1386 yds 13tds 14.5mil/yr

    Some of you guys are laughing and your team pays a WR that isn’t even as productive as Zeke the same amount of money.

    I can’t wait for tomorrow so the season can actually start and we can stop talking about how much money a billionaire pays a millionaire. There are people getting paid millions just to plan out the way the money is spent. Ill let them worry about the numbers. As long as the team shows up and plays well who really cares.

    Also can we stop comparing everyone to the Patriots. The Patriots are in a league of their own. What they’ve been able to do the last decade or so is very rare and there isn’t any franchise that has done what they are doing. When Bill and Tom are gone that franchise will become a lot more comparable to the other 31 teams.

  47. And people were making fun of the Houston trade. This is just as bad. It smells of desperation and should have been handled like the Chargers are handling Gordon.
    Eventually you can’t pay everyone and the Cowboys will learn that a lot sooner than later as will the Rams with their crazy salaries. Yeah sure the cap will go up but so will the player’s salary demands so it will get just that much more difficult to make everyone happy. The crazy thing is in the Cowboy’s case talent is not the issue it’s coaching.

  48. yaz67 says:
    September 4, 2019 at 9:09 am
    How long until Jerry regrets this deal?

    ——————————————-

    He already has regretted the deal once he remembered the actual amount of $$$$$ that he just “blew”!
    “Once a moron, always a moron”

  49. All of these people saying that the cowboys will be 6-10 or 8-8 you are crazy. You can’t really sit there and look at our team and say that we are a bad team. Its the hate that makes you say stupid things and make yourself look like you know nothing about football. I hate the eagles but I will tell you that they have an awesome team and the organization has always been run very well. The cowboys have playmakers everywhere and with the exception of Amari Cooper the are all drafted and DEVELOPED by the team. Key word developed any team can draft great players but then what do you do? Just throw them out there and tell them go be great no you still have to develop them. So dont sit there in you tiny cubicle and say that the cowboys are horribly run and that they are going to be a bad team. Theres no way this team finishes worse than 10-6 my prediction is 12-4 winning the NFC east.

  50. OL has more to do with a RB success, and I learned that when Shawn Alexander was given a huge contract and then lost some of his key OL guys and sucked thereafter. Barry Sanders and Marshawn Lynch seem to be exceptions to this rule, but not Zeke.

  51. What took so long? Now pay Dak. If you paid Romo all those years with little to show for then you can pay Dak.

  52. cowboys have a two headed monster behind that freight train of an offensive line. i’m not a cowboys fan but they have a real shot to set NFL records for time of possession, wear down the defenses, and be serious contenders.

    that’s the key: wear down the defense. if there is anything the patriots have shown, the best way to win games is wear down the defense with your running attack. the patriots do it with running back passes. the cowboys will run it straight down your throats.

    cowboy fans should be pretty excited. they’ve got the attitude and edge you need to win the superbowl.

  53. That happened despite the Cowboys saying they weren’t going to reset the running back market with an Elliott deal,
    ——————–
    Like I repeatedly said, jones always talks a big line then caves. Fantasizes that he’s belichick but doesn’t have a clue. so like 30 other teams they’ll grasp at the ring on 1 or 2 passses of the merrygoround before they fall off the horse for 8-10 years, dead broke – again.

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