Ezekiel Elliott flew in from Cabo, Mexico to Dallas, Texas on Tuesday, September 3rd. Many speculated this would be the beginnings of the deal. So it is true, many were right. After all, who would voluntarily leave paradise to return back to work (even though he was a holdout)? Oh yeah, a $90 million will do the trick. This deal makes Zeke the highest paid RB in the NFL.
So Zeke got paid, but for how long? Elliot will be a Cowboy for what looks like 6 more years, at least. He’s set to make $90 million over the next 6 years. He is guaranteed $50 million, no questions asked.
Now we knew this was coming. It had to be done. The rushing champ can’t just be sitting up on some beach with a umbrella in his drink. We didn’t quite know what the numbers would be. We always thought they would be comparative to the Todd Gurley contract. Lets take a look at Gurley’s contract to compare. Todd Gurley signed a 4 year, $57,500,000 contract with the Los Angeles Rams, including a $21,000,000 signing bonus, $45,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $14,375,000. In 2019, Gurley will earn a base salary of $5,000,000, while carrying a cap hit of $9,200,000 and a dead cap value of $34,850,000.
Why They Pay Him the Big Bucks
Zeke Elliot has been playing off his previous contract since he was drafted in 2016. Upon being drafted, Elliott signed a 4 year, $24,956,341 contract with the Dallas Cowboys, including a $16,350,066 signing bonus, $24,506,340 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $6,239,085. While, that is nothing to spit at, as you can see he deserved the compensation a top tier back deserves.
Since entering the league Zeke has amassed some incredible numbers, while dealing with injury as well as a few off the field issues. Nevertheless, in his 3 years of action Elliot has impressed enough to be voted to two Pro-Bowls, One All-Pro selection, as well as being a Rookie All-Pro selection in the same year. His Rookie All-Pro would have been a major honor in itself but he had to go and win All-Pro also. The two time rushing champ has eclipsed 1,400 yards rushing twice in three seasons.
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