On Wednesday, the Dallas Cowboys signed left tackle Tyron Smith to an eight-year extension worth $98 million. Including his 2015 salary the grand total of the deal will be an estimated $109 million. He will now have a Star on his helmet until 2023. This deal comes one day after rookie defensive end Demarcus Lawrence suffered a broken foot against Smith in practice that will keep him out of action for the next 8-12 weeks.
Smith has been solid on a Cowboys line that has struggled over the past few years. He was selected with the ninth overall pick of the 2011
draft. He was the first of the last three out of four picks owner Jerry Jones used a first round pick on an offensive lineman. In 2013, center Travis Frederick was selected with the 31st pick, and right tackle Zack Martin was selected with the teams 16th overall pick in the 2014 draft.
The only first round selection the Cowboys did not use their first round pick on in the last four drafts was cornerback Morris Claiborne. He was selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 draft.
In May, the Cowboys picked up the fifth year option on Smith’s contract, and he will be fully guaranteed the $10.039 million he is scheduled to make. He will only make $2.079 million for the 2014 season though.
Smith is by far one of the best offensive linemen in the game, and is the anchor of the Cowboys newly built top ranked offensive line. Since his rookie season Smith has played in all 47 games, and has only allowed 14 sacks over the three seasons he has been in the league.
Now with Smith locked up the next focus for Cowboys management will be locking down star receiver Dez Bryant to a long-term deal. Running back DeMarco Murray is also looking for a long-term deal, but will have to prove his value this season since he has been injury prone over his career since joining the Cowboys when he was part of the same draft class Smith was in.