Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Tyron Smith focused on '14, not extension
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- Much of the contract talk surrounding the Dallas Cowboys these days has surrounded wide receiver Dez Bryant.
Bryant is entering the final year of his contract and his agent, Eugene Parker, has had dialogue with the Cowboys about an extension. The Cowboys have made it known they want to keep Bryant with a long-term contract as well.
They also want to keep left tackle Tyron Smith.
The Cowboys recently picked up the fifth-year option, which guarantees he will be with the team in 2015, but the Cowboys want to lock up their Pro Bowl left tackle as well.
"Not really focused on that at all," Smith said from the Cowboys' annual sponsors' golf tournament. "Just focused on this one year right now."
Smith is on the books for $10.039 million in 2015 thanks to the option. He is in the final year of a four-year deal he signed in 2011 as the first-round pick, worth $12.49 million.
"I'm happy they picked up my fifth year and just glad I get to stay in Dallas," Smith said. "I love it out here and it's a great town. The fans are great too."
Whenever the Cowboys and Smith come to a deal, it will be a huge one.
Seven offensive linemen carry cap figures of $10 million or more in 2014. Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas has the highest per-year salary average at $11.5 million. The Washington Redskins guaranteed left tackle Trent Williams $36.75 million in 2010 with a $10 million a year average. Thomas was guaranteed $29.5 million by the Browns in 2011.
In 2012, the New York Jets re-signed D'Brickashaw Ferguson to a deal that included $32.4 million guaranteed.
Smith has time on his side. He does not turn 24 until December. In fact, he is younger than the Cowboys' last two first-round picks, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin.