Dallas Cowboys Give Jaylon Smith Contract Extension

The Dallas Cowboys got a deal done on Tuesday, though not the one you were expecting. Linebacker Jaylon Smith received a contract extension.

The extension is for five years and is worth $64 million with $35.5 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo. The deal makes Smith the third-highest paid inside linebacker in the NFL when talking about guaranteed money. He is now under contract through the 2024 season.

If a deal wasn’t reached then Smith would have been a restricted free agent after this season. Both Smith and the Cowboys are winners in this deal. The Cowboy’s retain a valuable asset for a long period of time, and Smith gets to play for the team he wants to play for.

“I want to be a Cowboy. I want to be a Cowboy for the rest of my life,” he told reporters last week, per Rob Phillips of the Cowboys website. “Understanding what they’ve done for me, taking a chance, taking a risk. Now they’re getting the return on their investment. It’s a beautiful thing to be a Dallas Cowboy.”

Smith could have been a top-five pick in the 2016 draft. A devastating knee injury during a college bowl game at Notre Dame caused Smith to fall to the Cowboys in the second round. He talked about his journey on Twitter following the deal.

Smith missed his rookie season because of that injury. However he hasn’t missed a game since then. Last season he finished second on the team in tackles with 150, had four sacks, five tackles for loss, 13 quarterback pressures, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.

Now that the Cowboys have given Jaylon Smith a deal, its time for Prescott, Elliot and Cooper to get their deals.

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