In a very unsurprising move, the Dallas Cowboys have exercised their fifth year option on left tackle Tyron Smith’s rookie contract--meaning he’ll be in Dallas through the 2015 season--according to a Dallas Morning News report.
Now, they can get cracking on a long-term deal for the 23-year-old.
Since moving from right tackle to left tackle in his sophomore season in the league in 2012, Smith has emerged as one of the best young linemen in the league--which isn’t to say he was bad on the right side in his rookie year. He was good. Smith went to his first Pro Bowl last year, and the team has made no bones about their desire to lock up the USC product.
Under the current collective bargaining agreement, rookie contracts span four years and come with a team option for a fifth. Smith will make a little over $2 million in 2014, but that figure jumps to over $10 million for the option year of 2015.
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