OXNARD, Calif. -- When the Dallas Cowboys have signed some of their own players to long-term deals, one of the prevailing themes is that those deals make them Cowboys for life.
The "Cowboy for life," thought is a good one. At the time those deals have been completed, I don't doubt that the thought for both player and team is he will wear a star on the side of his helmet until he's done playing.
For Tyron Smith, however, it might actually be true.
Smith's 10-year deal is worth $110 million and included a $10 million signing bonus. He is just 23. He turns 33 in the final year of this contract. Flozell Adams played at 33 in the first year of a six-year, $42 million extension he signed in 2008.
Right now, it certainly seems possible Smith will see the full $109,718,000 million.
"This might be the first 10-year deal I've ever done in football where I really think the guy will be playing in the last year of his contract," executive vice president Stephen Jones said. "It's not something skewed one way or the other."
Here's a breakdown of Smith's deal:
The Cowboys will probably restructure Smith's deal next year to provide cap room, if needed, in order to drop his $13.039 million cap number.