Not long after Cardinals corner Patrick Peterson became the first 1st-round pick from 2011 to sign an extension, the Dallas Cowboys have signed left tackle Tyron Smith to a massive extension.
According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Smith is signing a deal that will pay him $100 million over 10 years.
The #Cowboys and LT Tyron Smith have reached an agreement in principle on an 8-year, $98M deal, source says. Wow.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 30, 2014
#Cowboys have star LT Tyron Smith under contract for the next 10 years for a total of $109M, per source. Second deal for 2011 1st rounders— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 30, 2014
Amazing part of Tyron Smith's extension: by its conclusion, he'll have 11 NFL seasons under his belt and still be only 33.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) July 30, 2014
The Cowboys have one of the NFL's best blindside protectors under contract for at least 10 years now. According to Pro Football Focus, Smith's +22.5 grade made him the seventh-best offensive lineman in 2013 that played in at least 60% of his team's snaps.
It's a risky deal to give to Smith. PFF gave him a grade of just -0.9 in 2012, but he did get a +19.8 grade as a rookie in 2011. Left tackles are one of the highest-paid positions in football, and this deal certainly reflects that.
The only question left remaining for Dallas in terms of new deals is that of Dez Bryant.
Wonder what Cowboys WR Dez Bryant thinks of Tyron Smith's new deal....— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 30, 2014