In case you missed it last night while everyone else was sleeping RB Ezekiel Elliott signed his extension with the Dallas Cowboys to the tune of 6 years $90 Million with $50 Million guaranteed. It’s not like Cowboys fans were truly worried about him sitting the whole season. Dallas would probably not have even needed Zeke for the first 3 games of the year and could have still ended up 3-0. They open the season against the Giants in Dallas, then travel to Washington to face the Redskins and finally Miami back in Dallas. Their first real test would have come in week 4 on the road in New Orleans. But now with Zeke signed for the next 8 years the team will have a good core of players starting with Zeke.
So now that he is signed this leaves 2 players left of the “big 3” still unsigned, Amari Cooper and Dak Prescott. It was clear though that the Cowboys made Zeke their priority in getting him signed. Right before Zeke signed his contract making him the highest-paid running back in the NFL, Jared Goff signed a quiet 4-year extension worth 134$ Million and $110 Million guaranteed. Which is the highest guaranteed money in NFL history. This sets a terrible precedent for contracts especially one for the Cowboys who now have a QB who is looking to get paid.
As a die-hard Cowboys fan, I can say that I don’t want the Cowboys to give Dak $40 million per year. I said it when he first wanted a new deal the only way you give him the money he is looking for is if he takes you to the Superbowl and wins it. Otherwise, you offer him somewhere in the range of $25 million a year and if he refuses to sign that then you franchise tag him and do what the Redskins did to Kirk Cousins. I do not feel Dak deserves 40$ Million a year and actually would have liked to see him try to succeed without Ezekiel Elliott. So hopefully the next big contract the Cowboys give out it will be to Amari Cooper.