Tyron Smith glad to be locked in as ‘Cowboy for Life’

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Dallas, TX, United States (4E Sports) – The Dallas Cowboys have extended Pro Bowl offensive tackle Tyron Smith for eight years, jacking up his contract worth to nearly $110 million.

Smith, who is guaranteed $40 million and will receive a $10 million signing bonus, had two years remaining on his previous contract after the Cowboys picked up the fifth-year option of his rookie deal.

He said that being locked in as a “Cowboy for Life” was his way to return the gratitude to the Cowboys organization and the Jones Family who have helped him through trying times.

“Something that wasn’t an argument is that we felt that based on his skill, based on his age, that Tyron deserved to be the highest paid left tackle,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said.

Smith, 23, is considered a prototype left tackle with his athleticism and strength and was selected as a second-team All-Pro in 2013.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett lauded Smith for his work ethic and mental and physical toughness.

“He’s just been everything we’ve wanted to build this program and this team around,” said Garrett. “He’s what you want on your football team at a really, really important position.”

Smith, who was selected in the first round in the 2011 draft, started all but one game since joining the Cowboys and moved from being an offensive lineman to left tackle in 2012.

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