Ezekiel Elliott says it was important for him to be the NFL's highest-paid running back.

"Because I believe I'm the best," he said.

The Dallas Cowboys gave Elliott a six-year, $90 million extension on Wednesday that includes $50 million in guaranteed money, according to sources.

Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams had been the highest-paid running back with $45 million guaranteed and a $14.375 million average salary.