The Dallas Cowboys just spent a lot of money. The team has reportedly locked up left tackle Tyron Smith for $98 million over eight years. Although that may seem like a lot, Smith is worth the money.
The #Cowboys and LT Tyron Smith have reached an agreement in principle on an 8-year, $98M deal, source says. Wow.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 30, 2014
Smith is already considered one of the best left tackles in the league and he is only 23 years old. Sure, the price tag may seem a bit high, but the team gets Smith while he is young, and while he is in his prime. So a win-win for all parties involved.
Since Smith learned so much from DeMarcus Ware, you would hope that second-round pick DeMarcus Lawrence could learn just as much from Smith. That is at least the ideal situation and what many people have been speculating. The only problem is Lawrence is currently out with a broken foot, which could keep him sidelined for up to three months.
Smith doesn’t allow many sacks, which is exactly what any team would want out of its left tackle. After all, not allowing sacks tends to lead to a quarterback being more healthy than a QB who takes a bunch of sacks. Crazy stuff.
As long as Tony Romo is the quarterback of the Cowboys, he has to feel pretty good about his left tackle. He may not play behind the best offensive line in the NFL, but at least he knows his blind side is well protected.
Regardless, the next step will be reaching a deal with Dez Bryant. Bryant is coming off of a season where he had 1,233 yards and 13 TDs, so he is clearly a very important player on this team. With Smith’s new contract now complete, expect the Cowboys to turn their attention to Bryant.