Finally, Ezekiel Elliott is under contract with the Dallas Cowboys, allowing many a fantasy manager who took a chance on Elliott—and likely snagged him at a bargain price—to take a deep breath. On Wednesday, Elliott reportedly agreed to a six-year, $90 million extension with America’s Team, following a prolonged bargaining battle.
The raise was well deserved. Elliott was still playing on his four-year, $25 million rookie deal, which was set to expire after the 2020 season, but his play through his first three seasons had given him some leverage to request more bread from owner Jerry Jones. The 24-year-old running back had amassed 4,048 rushing yards, 135 catches for 1,199 yards, and a total of 34 touchdowns during his three seasons since being selected fourth in the 2016 draft.
The Cowboys are taking a deep breath, too. With arguably the best offensive weapon in the NFL back in the fold, joining Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper to form a three-headed monster, they now have a much better shot at playing deep into the winter months. Hopes are high for the Cowboys this season; Vegas favors Dallas as one of the strongest contenders in the NFC.
During his impressive three-year NFL career and sustained holdout, much has been written about Ezekiel Ellott—but here are some things you may not know about him.