Suspension would cost Elliott $560,000 in base salary -- and then some

From ESPN - August 11, 2017

OXNARD, Calif. -- If Ezekiel Elliott's appeal of a six-game suspension is denied, it will cost the Dallas Cowboys running back nearly $560,000 in base salary this season and potentially more.

As the fourth overall pick in the 2016 draft, he signed a four-year deal worth a fully guaranteed $24.956 million last year. He received a signing bonus of $16.350 million and received the final deferred installment of the bonus in March.

If the suspension is upheld, the guarantees on the contract will be voided and he will have to pay back some of the already earned signing-bonus money.

Elliott's base salaries for 2017 to '19 are worth $1.584 million, $2.718 million and $3.853 million, respectively. If he misses a game (or games) because of a suspension, he would still receive those amounts for as long as he is on the roster, but they would no longer be guaranteed if he suffers an injury that ends his career.

For each game missed, Elliott also would have to repay about $240,000 in signing-bonus money he has received, or roughly $1.4 million.


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