Cowboys Running Back Contracts: Ezekiel Elliott vs. DeMarco Murray
Draft choices were signed by the Cowboys later than by other clubs. On Wednesday, four of the nine signed rookie contracts.
Ezekiel Elliott, a fourth-round selection, stood out.
According to a source, Elliott will receive a $16.3 million signing bonus in addition to a $24.9 million guaranteed over four years.
Since Trent Richardson's $20 million contract as the third overall pick in 2012, the rookie running back's salary is the highest.
The fourth-overall choice from the previous year, Amari Cooper, earned a guaranteed $22.7 million over four years.
Elliott's $6.225 million salary ranks sixth among NFL running backs according to Spotrac.
DeMarco Murray, a running back with the Tennessee Titans, makes $6.5 million a year more than Elliott.
Fifth-year options are available for every first-round choice.
Running back Darius Jackson, safety Kavon Frazier, and cornerback Anthony Brown were all signed by the Cowboys in the sixth round.
Stephen Jones, executive vice president of the Cowboys, disclosed last Thursday the reasons why none of their draft selections had signed.
Jaylon Smith, a linebacker selected in the second round, Maliek Collins, a defensive lineman selected in the third round,
Charles Tapper, a quarterback selected in the fourth round, Dak Prescott, and tight end Rico Gathers are still unsigned.