August 20, 2019
Cowboys sign Jaylon Smith to long-term extension
The Cowboys have reached a long-term contract extension with linebacker Jaylon Smith. Smith was set to become a restricted free agent following the 2019 season.
The Cowboys and his Smith's representatives began negotiating in the spring and talks became serious when training camp began.
Smith's five-year extension is worth $64 million, $35.5 million guaranteed, according to ProFootballTalk.
The extension comes as somewhat of a surprise on the eve of running back Ezekiel Elliott's holdout. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said the team was prioritizing extensions for Elliott, quarterback Dak Prescott, and wide receiver Amari Cooper.
A devastating knee injury during his final season at Notre Dame put Smith's football career in jeopardy. Dallas took a chance on the defender in the second round (No. 34) of the 2016 draft, and the 24-year-old quickly developed into one of the NFL's premier linebackers.
Smith accumulated 121 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one defensive touchdown in 16 starts last season.
Ran DeBord - All Access Sporting News
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