It took some time, but ultimately, Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys got their desired outcome. According to reports, Elliott signed a six-year, $90 million extension, which includes $50 million in guaranteed money, and with the new contract, Zeke becomes the highest-paid running back in the NFL.
Today, on a conference call, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett discussed the return of Elliott
Q: How does it feel to have Zeke (Ezekiel Elliott) done?
Garrett: It’s good to have him back. He’s really been a good player for us, and he’s so well respected in the locker room by our players, coaches and staff members. It’s just nice to have back in the meetings and on the practice field today.
Q: Was there any question in your mind that this day would come, or that you might have to go without him for a period of time in the regular season?
Garrett: Well, I guess the only thing that we all knew was he wants to be here, we want him here, and then just the business of the NFL takes over. You hope you have conversations enough where it becomes a win-win, it’s a win for the player, it’s a win for the team. I feel like we have gotten to that point and again just excited to have him back.
Q: Do you assume he is ready to go on Sunday?
Garrett: No, just need to watch him all week long and just see how he does, how he handles the workload. He hasn’t practiced all throughout training camp, even though he hasn’t been, he’s played in the preseason throughout his career, he has practiced, so he’s been away from that. So we just have to be honest with ourselves about what he is able to