The move extends Smith’s contract through the end of the 2016 NFL Season, and raises his salary from $2,079,013 to $10,039,000 in the final year of the deal. I don’t know about you, but if someone said I could keep my Pro Bowl left tackle under contract for two years at about $6 million per season, I’d jump all over the opportunity.
That being said, however, I still expect that the Cowboys will be burning the midnight oil, as they attempt to work out a long-term deal with Smith because rumors are already swirling that the Cowboys want to have a deal in place prior to the commencement of training camp.
The Cowboys took Smith with the No.9 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Since then, Smith has started 47 of 48 games, first at right tackle and then shifting to left tackle. He made his first Pro Bowl in 2013 after putting together his best season as a pro, and grading out as a top-5 tackle according to Pro Football Focus.
Since entering the league in 2011, Smith has solidified himself as one of the best players in the league. In fact, I don’t think there is anyone on the roster, who does their job better than Smith does his job, so I don’t think it’s a stretch when I say that I think that Smith is the Cowboys’ best player.
In the grand scheme of things, the most important player on the field is the quarterback, the second-most important is the guy protecting his blind side. When that guy is 23-years-old and only getting better, you do everything that you can to keep him on your team.