NFL rumors: Cowboys LT Tyron Smith could be seeking huge pay day

Since the Dallas Cowboys made offensive tackle Tyron Smith the No. 9 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, he has started 43 games and done an impressive job protecting Tony Romo which was enough to earn him a Pro Bowl berth.

Smith is now entering the final year of his rookie contract and will begin thinking about his next pay check, and it appears that he has a big number in mind.

According to ESPN Dallas, Smith could be interested in hitting a number close to the deal Joe Thomas got from the Cleveland Browns after his rookie deal. Thomas got a seven-year, $84 million deal that included $44 million guaranteed, so Dallas may need to open up the check book if they want to keep Smith in town.

Of course, the team holds a fifth-year option on the deal that they could exercise, but they would likely prefer to keep Smith happy and under contract for as long as possible.

Smith has proven to be a top five offensive tackle in the league, so he is more than deserving of the big money deal.

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  • Old Frog

    I’d much rather see Smith get that kind of money than Dez Bryant.

    • will hall

      I had to read the article several times, to find out where Dez Bryant name came up. They have a fifth year option on Smith, so Dez will most likely get paid first. By the way Dez will get what a top five nfl wr is worth.

      • Old Frog

        I know. That’s what I’m afraid of. I don’t think he’s worth it. I’m probably the only person on the planet that thinks they should let him play out this last year and then trade him for draft picks rather than pay him.

        • Scott.

          If he plays out his contract then dallas has no right to him and he is an unrestricted free agent if I’m not mistaken. If they are going o trade him ( which they won’t) then in order to get anything they would have to do it this year.

          • Old Frog

            I think you’re right about that. I would still let him play one more year and see how he does. I’m not convinced at this point he’s worth what he will ask for. He’s the best we’ve got but I’m not ready to declare him great and compensate him like he is.

          • Scott.

            Agree with you about that. Although if he puts together another solid year I think they have to find a way to keep him. True number one receivers are hard to find.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Most important player to re-sign long term on the team. He is unbelievable now and will only get better. He can not be replaced. There is available talent at most other positions every year, but LT is greatness is rare.

  • Scott.

    Another reason to dump Ware, Austin, let Hatcher and Spencer walk. Cut Orton restructure Carr and Whitten and make contracts favorable so there’s some cap room next year.