The 24-year-old Elliott was under contract through the 2020 season with his rookie contract, which was set to give him $3.853 million in 2019 and $9.09 million with a fifth-year option for 2020. He is now under contract through the 2026 season, as his contract will now pay him over $100 million in total. With this deal being done, it is planned for Elliott to return to practice on Wednesday, although, it is unclear when they will officially announce the contract. He missed the entire training camp and preseason over negotiations, but this deal comes just five days before their season opener against the New York Giants Sunday night. Despite missing all that practice time, Elliott said in an interview in the airport on Tuesday that he's "been ready" when asked about joining the team.
Elliott was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, and he went on to set rookie records with 1,631 yards to lead the league that season, along with his 15 touchdowns in 15 games. He went on to lead the league in rushing in 2018 with 1,434 yards in 15 games, as he was rested for the season finale in anticipation of the playoffs. He did join Hershell Walker as the only Cowboys running backs with over 1,000 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving in the same season, doing so in 2018.
Despite all these great numbers, he has faced some controversy in his short time in the NFL, including a six-game suspension in 2017 for violating the league's personal conduct policy after an alleged assault on his ex-girlfriend in 2016. He was not arrested or charged in the incident, but did serve his time from the field. He's also had other incidents with the police, including with a security guard at a music festival that he wasn't suspended for. Even with some missed time over issues, his 4,048 rushing yards since 2016 are the most in the NFL, ahead of Gurley's 3,441. Now that Dallas officially has him back on the field for the regular season, they are back to being Super Bowl favorites in the NFC.