Cowboys to Use 5th-Year Option on Ezekiel Elliott’s Contract

To nobody's surprise, the Dallas Cowboys intend to exercise the fifth-year option on star Ezekiel Elliott's contract. This will keep Zeke signed with the Cowboys through the .

The deadline for teams to use the options years on the draft class of 2016 is Thursday, May 2nd, just a few days following the 2019 .

It's appropriate that Stephen said “obviously,” because there is no reason for the Cowboys not to utilize this provision. It's one of the perks of drafting a player in the ; the option does not apply to any other rookie deals.

Right now, the 2020 option year projects to pay Elliott around $10 million. That is a bargain considering other franchise backs like , , and David Johnson are all now averaging $13-$14 million per season.

In fact, it may be more of a discount than Zeke is willing to give. He may very well if the team doesn't give him a new contact closer to his market value.

For all we know, the Cowboys have every intention of doing just that. This move is little more than a formality; a placeholder that prevents Elliott from entering unrestricted in 2020 and secures his rights while a new deal is negotiated.

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Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

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