The Dallas Cowboys locked up a key member of their roster on Tuesday, but it wasn’t Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott. Instead, the front office signed Jaylon Smith to a long-term contract.
With Smith under contract for the next five years, the Cowboys can shift their focus over to their offensive playmakers.
Not only are Prescott and Elliott seeking new deals, so is former first-round pick Amari Cooper. All three players are due for extensions from the Cowboys.
Although Elliott is currently holding out and Prescott has reportedly rejected a lucrative offer, the Cowboys remain optimistic.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Stephen Jones said he’s “very confident” that Dallas can get long-term deals done with Cooper, Elliott and Prescott.
Jones also said that there’s enough cap space to get all those contracts done.
Stephen Jones remains “very confident” the team can get long-term deals done with Dak, Zeke and Amari, and that there’s enough cap space for everything. #cowboyswire
— Rob Phillips (@robphillips3) August 20, 2019
Dallas is going to pay Smith $64 million over the next five years. The front office also has a bunch of money tied up in contracts to DeMarcus Lawrence, Tyron Smith and Zack Martin.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Cowboys manage the rest of their roster.
Paying a premium on Elliott and Prescott might hurt its cap flexibility, but Dallas knows it needs both Pro Bowlers on its roster for the long haul.