IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said No. 9 pick Tyron Smith is penciled in to be the team’s right tackle in 2011, which puts Marc Colombo’s roster spot in jeopardy.
The decision to draft Smith and the possible decision on Colombo should not be seen as surprises. The Cowboys are scheduled to pay Colombo a $2.6 million option bonus 15 days after whenever the NFL’s 2011 league year starts.
“We don’t have to make that decision tonight,” Jones said, “but I think anytime that you’re making a pick of that stature or that high, he’s going to play. And that was a big part of the decision. He can play and will play, so if he plays he’s going to have to take somebody’s place.”