Cow­boys ex­tend El­liott, hold­out ends

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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.

Ex­tra points: The Ti­tans placed K Ryan Suc­cop (right leg) on in­jured re­serve and signed vet­eran Cairo San­tos . ... Jaguars QB Nick Foles will start the sea­son on the in­jury re­port. The team listed Foles on its ini­tial re­port with an ab­dom­i­nal oblique in­jury — he had some sore­ness fol­low­ing train­ing camp — but said he's ex­pected to play in the sea­son opener against the Chiefs . ... Star WR An­to­nio Brown said the Raiders have fined him close to $54,000 for miss­ing a prac­tice and walk­through last month . ... The Bron­cos part­nered with Em­power Re­tire­ment on a 21-year deal to name their sta­dium “Em­power Field at Mile High.” The Metropoli­tan Football Sta­dium District will meet later this week to sign off on the agree­ment that runs through 2039 and ends a three-year span with­out a ti­tle spon­sor for the sta­dium that opened in 2001 . ... Bobby Dil­lon, the Pack­ers' ca­reer leader with 52 in­ter­cep­tions who lost his left eye fol­low­ing two child­hood ac­ci­dents, died Aug. 22 in Tem­ple, Texas. He was 89.

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