The NFL’s All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott is on his way to retirement.
But this season, the Cowboys’ superstar has an opportunity to play another important role.
In fact, the league has decided to re-sign Elliott to a new deal that will pay him nearly $20 million a season.
The Cowboys had previously given Elliott a four-year, $58 million deal.
In addition to being one of the league’s best running backs, Elliott is a popular member of the Cowboys, who has had a strong relationship with his team.
In 2018, the team had a record-setting season in which Elliott rushed for 4,859 yards and 23 touchdowns.
This season, Elliott has only rushed for 2,824 yards and three touchdowns.
But he is still a star in the Cowboys locker room.
The team was named one of ESPN’s 50 most influential organizations in 2019, a list that included a number of players, including Cowboys running back Dak Prescott.
And Elliott has a new partner in the team’s coaching staff, former Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.
Elliott and Linehan have a long history.
Linehan is currently the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys and was the linebackers coach for the Cowboys for four seasons before joining the New York Jets as defensive backs coach in 2016.
Elliott has also played for Linehan at Texas A&M and USC.
The two are both well known in the Dallas locker room and the team is excited to have Elliott return to the Dallas roster.
The signing of Elliott was expected to be announced on Wednesday.
The Associated Press Sports Editors’ Association named Elliott the 2016 NFC Offensive Player of the Year.