By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The team re-signed linebacker Jaylon Smith to an extension on Tuesday. He has received a five-year, $64 million extension.
With this new deal, Smith will receive $33.5 million in guaranteed money. Now, he has one of the richest deals for a player at this position.
By receiving this new contract, he will average $12.8 million per season.
“For me, it’s about being a Dallas Cowboy for life,” he said. “Really, technically, with the tender year, the Cowboys have my rights for two more years. For us to get an extension like this, is just a testament to how much we love one another and we believe in one another as well.”
The 24-year-old Fort Wayne, Indiana native appeared in 16 games last season, including 16 starts. He had 121 tackles, including six tackles for a loss, and six quarterback hits.
Smith also had 4.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, including one returned for a touchdown; and four pass deflections.
The former Notre Dame Fighting Irish player missed his rookie season in 2016 after suffering an injury with the Irish in his final collegiate game.
In two seasons, he has had 32 appearances, including 22 starts. He had 202 tackles, including nine tackles for a loss, and eight quarterback hits.
He had 5.0 sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, including one returned for a touchdown; and six pass deflections.
“He has never complained,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said while fighting his emotions. “He has never wavered. Never missed a workout. And he’s never quit. Not one time. His story is one that I would have done anything to be sure that it could be sure that it could be a Dallas Cowboys story.”
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