Wednesday’s roundup: Cowboys, Elliott come to terms
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is officially signed, sealed and delivered.
Elliot, the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft from Ohio State, signed a four-year, $24.9- million deal with the Cowboys on Wednesday, including a $16.3-million signing bonus, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
The deal is fully guaranteed and comes with a fifth-year option.
Elliott’s agreement tops that of last year’s fourth pick, receiver Amari Cooper, who got a four-year, $22.7 million deal from the Raiders.
Elliott was one of four draft picks to come to terms with the Cowboys on Wednesday, joining the three sixth-rounders: cornerback Anthony Brown, safety Kavon Frazier (Central Michigan) and running back Darius Jackson (Eastern Michigan).
Still unsigned are linebacker Jaylon Smith (second round), defensive tackle Maliek Collins (third round), defensive end Charles Tapper (fourth round), quarterback Dak Prescott (fourth round) and tight end Rico Gathers (sixth round).
But Elliott was the big fish, as he is one of only three running backs ever picked by the Cowboys in the top 20 of the NFL draft.
The others were Hall of Famers Tony Dorsett and Emmitt Smith.
Coach Jason Garrett said Elliott has made a seamless transition from college to the NFL so far.
“He’s done a real nice job,” Garrett said. “The rookies have a lot to learn in a short period of time.
“But Zeke has responded well as have the other rookies.”
Don’t look for Rob Gronkowski to spike his slippers in the end zone anytime soon.
The Patriots tight end had a dance lesson with Nathalia Arja, a soloist from the Miami City Ballet.
A video of the lesson was posted by men’s magazine GQ.
At the end of the lesson, he asks Arja how he did.
Her diplomatic response: “Well, I think you did a lot better than how we started today.”
... Panthers tight end Greg Olsen will drive the pace car Saturday night at the Sprint Cup All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Rookie cornerback Xavien Howard signed a $6.1 million, four-year contract with the Dolphins, who took him in the second round of the draft last month.
... The Saints signed defensive lineman David Onyemata, their fourth-round pick, to a four-year contract.
... The Bengals reached a deal with their fifth-round pick, guard Christian Westerman of Arizona State.