The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly finalized one of the two major contract extensions they vowed to get signed this year. One was for wide receiver Dez Bryant, which are still currently in negotiations. The second, for Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith, has now been completed. The new contract for Smith, which was signed on Wednesday according to various sources, will have the All-Pro tackle in a Cowboys uniform until the year 2023.
The total value of the contract is reported to be worth $109 million. That includes a $10 million signing bonus with $40 million in guaranteed money. According to OverTheTop.com, this new contract makes Smith the highest paid left tackle in the NFL (total value).
The Cowboys drafted Smith in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft (9th overall). In his first three seasons with Dallas, Smith has missed only one game. And he made his first Pro Bowl appearance last season. Smith is already considered one of the premier left tackles despite only being 23-years old.
Last season, Pro Football Focus ranked Smith as the seventh best offensive tackle in the NFL. That’s quite an improvement over the previous year, when they ranked him a lowly 41st on that same list.
Dallas made a commitment to their upgrading their offensive line when they drafted Smith back in 2011. Since then, the team has added two more first round picks to their offensive line: center Travis Frederick in 2013 and guard Zack Martin in May. The Cowboys now have one of the youngest and most talented O-lines in the NFL. Securing Smith was simply part of the plan to keep this potentially dominate offensive line together for the foreseeable future.