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Cowboys get Elliott’s deal done

NFL Draft

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28: Ezekiel Elliott of Ohio State holds up a jersey after being picked #4 overall by the Dallas Cowboys during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

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Running back Ezekiel Elliott has signed his rookie contract with the Cowboys.

The Cowboys didn’t hide their interest in Elliott during the pre-draft process, then selected him with the No. 4 pick on April 28.

Elliott’s rookie contract is worth nearly $25 million guaranteed and includes a $16.3 million signing bonus.

A highly productive player in two years as a starter at Ohio State, Elliott helped the Buckeyes to the 2014 national championship and then scored 23 rushing touchdowns last season. He ran for 3,699 yards over his final two college seasons.

The Cowboys start their organized team activity (OTA) practices next week, and Elliott figures to immediately play an important role in the offense.