Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has never been afraid to hand out lucrative contracts to his star players. While that strategy pays off sometimes, there’s one particular contract on the team’s payroll that isn’t aging very well.
Bleacher Report writer Kristopher Knox recently listed the most overpaid player on every NFL team. He believes the worst contract on the Cowboys belongs to running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Prior to the start of the 2019 season, Dallas gave Elliott a six-year, $90 million extension that features $50 million guaranteed. That contract isn’t looking so great since Elliott is coming off a disappointing season.
In 2020, Elliott had 244 carries for 979 yards and six touchdowns. Those aren’t terrible numbers, but that’s not what Dallas expects out of its $90 million tailback. Don’t forget Elliot struggled to take care of the football, as he had a career-high six fumbles.
Elliott could turn things around this fall and prove his doubters wrong. For now, Knox sees Elliott as the most overpaid player on the Cowboys’ roster.
“Signing running backs to big second contracts is always risky, and Ezekiel Elliott is a prime example of why. The Dallas Cowboys ball-carrier was once arguably the league’s best, but those days appear to be over,” Knox wrote, via Bleacher Report. “After leading the league in rushing twice in his first three seasons, Elliott’s yards-per-carry average has been on the decline. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry in 2018—his last year as the league-leader—4.5 in 2019 and just 4.0 in 2020.”
If Elliott doesn’t bounce back in the next year or so, the Cowboys could move on from him after the 2022 season. The dead cap charge would only be $6.7 million.
The Cowboys, however, are optimistic that Elliott will look much better this fall. A week ago, Dak Prescott told reporters that Elliott is in the best shape of his life.
Do you agree with Bleacher Report that Elliott is the most overpaid player on the Cowboys?