Elliot earns record breaking contract

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September 4, 2019 - 10:21 AM

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) gestures to a fan in the stands during a preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts on Aug. 19, 2017. BOB BOOTH/FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM/TNS

The Dallas Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott have agreed on a $90 million, six-year contract extension that will make him the NFL’s highest-paid running back and end a holdout that lasted the entire preseason, a person with knowledge of the agreement said Wednesday.

The breakthrough was finalized the morning of the team’s first full workout before Sunday’s opener at home against the New York Giants. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been announced.

Elliott will get $50 million guaranteed. The $15 million-per-year average on the extension surpasses the $14.4 million Todd Gurley got from the Los Angeles Rams last summer. Gurley’s guarantee was $45 million.

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