Dez Bryant and Tyron Smith will be entering their last years of their rookie contracts in 2015. These two players have a huge impact on this offense. Bryant is a top-five receiver in the NFL, and Smith is one of the best offensive tackles in the league. With limited cap space for the next few years, it will be interesting to see who will get a contract extension. Don’t worry Cowboy fans, these two players will be wearing Cowboys uniforms for years to come. It won’t be long until both of these players are re-signed to long-term deals.
Case for Bryant:
The Dallas Cowboys moved up to draft Bryant in the 2010 NFL Draft. After playing decently in his first two professional seasons, Bryant exploded in the 2012 season. He caught 92 passes for just under 1,400 yards and he had 12 touchdowns. In 2013, Bryant finished with similar numbers. He didn’t have as many receiving yards, but he had more catches and more touchdown catches. Also, Bryant was double-covered in almost every game in 2013. Bryant is the best receiver Dallas has had since Michael Irvin, and locking him up to a long-derm deal would be monumental towards Dallas’ future.
Case for Smith:
The Cowboys selected Smith with the 9th overall pick in 2011 NFL Draft. It should be noted that he was only 20 years old when he started his first game in Dallas. For the first two seasons of his career, Smith played right tackle. But, he was selected by Dallas to become the blindside tackle for years to come. Before the 2012 season, Dallas moved Doug Free over to right tackle, and Smith over to left tackle. In 2013, Smith flourished, and his play was recognized across the league. Finding a solid left tackle is vital in the NFL right now, and it is assuring to know that the Cowboys have one of the best in the game in Smith.
Who gets extended first?
Many will believe that Bryant will get a contract extension first because he is one of the best receivers in the game. But in my opinion, I believe Smith will get extended first because he truly is one of the best tackles in the league. He’s only 23 years old, and he is already an All Pro tackle. Dallas has two studs on this offensive line in Smith and Travis Frederick, and there is no doubt that he is a centerpiece on this roster.