3 players Cowboys should hold off on giving contract extensions
1. Tyron Smith
Just as the Cowboys parted with one franchise staple in Ezekiel Elliot this offseason, the same is possible with Tyron Smith in 2024.
As the saying goes “availability is the best ability” and unfortunately the likely future Hall of Famer’s body has shown it can no longer hold up through the rigors of a full NFL season, playing in 17 out of a possible 49 regular season games the past three seasons.
The Cowboy’s first-round draft pick last year, Tyler Smith, showed immense promise during his rookie season at left tackle which would mean Tyron Smith would be making the switch to the right tackle spot after 12 seasons on the blind side — something easier said than done.
Dallas needs to take full advantage of having a rookie contract at a premiere position like left tackle, which is not possible if Smith is kept at a starter level salary. Assuming Terence Steele makes a full recovery from his ACL tear suffered during the season, he should be the priority in extending over Tyron Smith.