Cowboys are patting themselves on the back after seeing other players contract extension
When the Cowboys signed Zeke, there were some nay-sayers.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was playing on one of the most team-friendly deals heading into the 2019 season. He was expected to make $3.853 million that season. Elliott had rushed for 4,048 yards, and 28 touchdowns, as well recording 1,199 receiving yards, and six receiving touchdowns in three seasons.
However, Zeke knew he was worth more, so he held out of team activities until a new deal was done. That led to a six-year deal that made him the highest-paid running back in the league.
Enter Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, who put up one of the best 2019 seasons ever in NFL history. According to Evan Kaplan, McCaffery is the only player in NFL history to record 2,500 rushing yards and 2,500 receiving yards in his first three seasons in the league.
That explains why the Panthers gave McCaffery a four-year extension that will pay him $16 million per season.
Does McCaffery deserve the title of “highest paid running back in the league.” Quite frankly, yes he does. However, if you are anybody in the Cowboys front office, you have to be pleased.
Had the Cowboys waited until now, he would have asked for more money than McCaffery. Instead, his holdout and contract extension is just an afterthought.
Now, the team can focus on paying quarterback Dak Prescott, which poses enough problems already.