In the summer of 2019, the last year of normalcy, Ezekiel Elliott held out for more money. The Cowboys starting running back desired a higher salary, if not the highest in the NFL at his position.

He signed a six-year, $90 million extension that tied him to the organization through 2026.

It was a deserving contract considering Elliott was one of the top running backs in the NFL at the time.

Today, that contract looks like a questionable investment.

Elliott remains a solid running back, but over the course of two seasons he’s become a co-star at his position. Tony Pollard has cut into Elliott’s starring role, making the high value of his contract look suspect based on his current workload.

When Elliott was reminded Thursday of the criticism that comes with his new contract, he laughed.