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Cowboys Make Their Feelings About Tyron Smith Very Clear

A closeup of Tyron Smith walking onto the field with his Dallas Cowboys teammates.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Tyron Smith #77 of the Dallas Cowboys takes the field before the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

When the Dallas Cowboys drafted Tyler Smith No. 24 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft, speculation immediately went to the state of star left tackle Tyron Smith's future with the team.

But the Cowboys brain trust of Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones made it clear that that the eight-time Pro Bowler isn't going anywhere. Speaking to the media, Jerry called Tyron "phenomenal" and believes he still has "a lot of tread" left on his body.

“[Tyron] is phenomenal,” Jerry Jones said, via ProFootballTalk. “He’s had a great career. We believe he’s got a lot of tread left. To the end that we were able to come in here with this kind of potential talent and have somebody that we think can help us this year with this pick. And then basically, nail in, if you will, what Tyron is about. It’s a great place to be putting some talent in the middle of [the offensive line].”

Stephen Jones explained that the decision to draft Tyler Smith revolved around his ability. He believes that Tyler Smith can be an elite tackle - but maintains that Tyron Smith is still the best.

“The key thing for [Tyler] Smith is just his ability,” Stephen Jones said. “We think he can be our left tackle for a long time, at some point and time. Obviously we have the best in the business now in Tyron Smith. At some point [Tyler Smith’s] ability, we really believe he can be a top, top left tackle.”

When healthy, Tyron Smith is about as good a tackle as the NFL has had since Joe Thomas. The problem is, Smith has struggled to stay healthy in recent years.

Smith has not played a full season since 2015. He's missed 32 games over the past six years due to injuries.

Tyler Smith may be the Dallas Cowboys' offensive tackle of the future, but that future might be coming sooner than Tyron Smith wants.