The deal was struck literally minutes before the preseason opener. Travis Frederick, his representatives and the Cowboys decided on the figures of a 6-year, $56.4M extension as the center was putting his pads on in the locker room prior to the preseason opener.
As of Saturday night, the new contract was agreed upon but not signed due to lingering paperwork. Frederick will be the highest-paid center in the league and the middle anchor of arguably the most talented offensive line in the NFL..
"I'm very excited that we were able to get something done. I'm very appreciative to both the Jones family and also my representation to be able to make something work and get it done before the first preseason game. It was something that was important to me and I'm really happy to have it done," said Frederick.
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Of the $56.4 million, $28.2 million is guaranteed. Frederick still had two years remaining on his rookie deal but the Cowboys wanted to lock him now. Left tackle Tyron Smith has a long-term contract and the Cowboys still have 3-years of control over fellow lineman Zack Martin and La'el Collins.
"I apprecaite what they've done for me and our offensive line in the resources they've spent on us so that we can keep this group together, and that we can continue to move forward and get better," said Frederick.
The center said he's relieved to have this new contract done so he can focus fully on football and the 2016 season.