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Cowboys ready to commit to Tyron Smith

5/9/2014

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys are ready to commit long-term to Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith.

Executive vice president said he hopes negotiations with Smith's agent, Joe Panos, start "sooner rather than later."

Last week the Cowboys exercised the fifth-year option on Smith's rookie contract, which will pay him $10.039 million in 2015.

"We want to sign him," Jones said. "I think he wants to be here, and we want to get a deal done with him."

Smith has missed only one game in his three seasons and was named to the Pro Bowl last season. He played right tackle as a rookie but moved to left tackle in 2012 and blossomed in 2013.

Smith does not turn 24 until December. He is only three weeks older than the Cowboys' 2014 first-round pick, Zack Martin. Signing a player to a second contract at such a young age is almost unheard of. Jason Witten was 24 when he signed his second contract -- a six-year extension -- in 2006.

"That's what you love about those young guys," Jones said.