Cowboys Made Tactical Negotiation Error With Tyron Smith

The relationship between Tyron Smith and the Cowboys has come to an end but what mistake did Dallas make?

October 8, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith (77)
October 8, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith (77) / Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Cowboys and Tyron Smith are going their separate ways after 13 years together. The Cowboys decided not to extend Smith and allow him to hit the open market.

On Mar. 15, the New York Jets and Smith agreed to terms a one-year deal, that could go up to $20 million in incentives. But early reports have indicated that Smith is only getting $6.5 million guaranteed with the other $13.5 million to be earned on incentives.

In a massive year for the Cowboys, Jerry Jones and company made a mistake not ponying up more money in incentives to keep Smith in town.

Cowboys News: Dallas Should Have Offered More Money To Keep Tyron Smith

Having a lockdown tackle to protect your quarterback's blind side is such a big element of winning in the NFL. Keeping your quarterback upright is massive and the Cowboys had that in Smith for over a decade.

Yes, we know Smith hasn't played in a full season since 2015 but when he's on the field, he's tremendous. Last season, the 33-year-old had an 83.8 PFF grade and only allowed one sack in 13 games played.

With the pressure mounting for Dallas for 2024, it would have been a wise decision for the Cowboys to put more incentives in a deal to keep Smith around. It's hard to find a dominant offensive lineman who's an anchor up front.

The Cowboys already have things they need to figure out to improve the roster and now with Smith gone, there is just another thing added to the list.

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