The Cowboys were later than other clubs in signing their draft picks. On Wednesday, four of the nine players signed their rookie contracts.
Ezekiel Elliott, who was selected in the fourth round, stood out.
Elliott will reportedly receive $24.9 million guaranteed over the course of four years in addition to a signing bonus of $16.3 million. The contract for the rookie running back is the most lucrative for a running back since Trent Richardson’s $20 million deal in 2012, when he was selected third overall.
Amari Cooper, who was selected fourth overall the previous year, was awarded a guaranteed amount of $22.7 million to be paid out over the course of four years.
With $6.225 million in earnings, Elliott is ranked sixth among running backs in the NFL by Spotrac. Elliott brings in an annual salary that is somewhat lower than that of Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray, who makes $6.5 million.
Every player selected in the first round comes with a fifth-year option.
Cornerback Anthony Brown, safety Kavon Frazier, and running back Darius Jackson were all signed by the Cowboys after the sixth round of the draft.
Stephen Jones, the executive vice president of the Cowboys, gave an explanation as to why none of their draft picks had signed with the team last Thursday.
Jones remarked that “those things aren’t that difficult,” and I agree with him. They will complete it. We felt it was important to reflect on this last year. There have been a few insignificant modifications made to the contract, most of which are probably irrelevant to everyone else.to count how many different teams completed them. This year, we decided to take it easy, observe how other teams are handling their contracts, make some mental notes, and then move through with signing these players.
"No issue. Individuals who are upstanding are examples of wonderful men. We'll get through this."
Linebacker Jaylon Smith, who was selected in the second round, defensive lineman Maliek Collins, who was selected in the third round, defensive end Charles Tapper, quarterback Dak Prescott, who was selected in the fourth round, and tight end Rico Gathers, who was selected in the sixth round, have not been signed.