Cowboys extend Elliott, holdout ends
Ezekiel Elliott has a new contract with the Cowboys just in time for the regular season.
The star running back and the club agreed Wednesday on a six-year, $90 million contract extension that will make him the NFL's highest-paid player at his position and end a holdout that lasted the entire preseason.
The breakthrough was finalized before dawn on the morning of the team's first full workout before Sunday's opener at home against the Giants.
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 Rams last summer. Gurley's guarantee was $45 million.
The 41-day stalemate between Dallas and the two-time NFL rushing champion came with the Cowboys holding high expectations coming off their first playoff win with Elliott and quarterback Dak Prescott. They have won two NFC East titles in three seasons together.
Elliott held out with two years left on his rookie contract, at $3.9 million this season and $9.1 million in 2020. The fourth overall pick in the 2016 draft wanted to be the highest-paid back after getting those two rushing titles in only three years.
Ring that Bell: Running back Le'Veon Bell doesn't want the Jets to be cautious with him anymore.
Bell, who didn't play in the preseason, told head coach Adam Gase to use him as much as he wants in Sunday's opener against the Bills, Gase said.
“When I spoke to him yesterday he said, ‘Don't hold back,' ” Gase said. “He feels like he's ready to go. I think he's pretty excited to get out there.”
Bell hasn't played in an NFL game since Jan. 14, 2018. He sat out all of last season over a contract dispute with the Steelers.
The Jets, who signed Bell to a four-year, $52.5-million contract in March, decided to hold him out of the preseason to keep him fresh and healthy for the regular season. Bell has been itching to play, and will get his chance Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
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