While the focus on the Cowboys’ training camp involves contract negotiations for Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, management just reached an agreement with Jaylon Smith.
Despite suffering a brutal injury to end his college career, Smith has turned himself into one of the best linebackers in the NFL. He had 121 tackles and four sacks for Dallas in 2018.
There was only one year remaining on Smith’s rookie contract, and clearly the front office felt it was time to extend his deal.
According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys and Smith agreed to a long-term extension.
The exact details of the contract aren’t out yet, but it should be a lucrative one for Smith.
As of right now, the highest-paid inside linebacker in football is Bobby Wagner. The leader of the Seahawks defense makes $18 million per season.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 20, 2019
It’s safe to say that Smith has made quite the comeback in his football career.
He enters this upcoming season with high expectations, especially with Leighton Vander Esch next to him in the middle of the defense.
With Smith’s status on the Cowboys no longer a question mark, the front office can shift its focus over to other stars up for new deals.
The Cowboys will reportedly be holding a press conference to announce the signing at 4:30 p.m. local time.