Cowboys Notes: Smith, Bryant, Jones

Earlier tonight, we learned that former Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent is set to meet with commissioner Roger Goodell next week. Here’s the latest on the Cowboys..

  • Some people are wondering what Tyron Smith was thinking in signing an eight-year, $98MM deal with the Cowboys, writes Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “There’s no way you can do a deal that long,” a league source with extensive experience negotiating player contracts said. “I’m stunned. . . . 10 years is nuts.” He’ll have no power to get more money over the course of his deal, no matter how well he performs. And if he struggles, the only security he’ll have is the fully-guaranteed money that he received when committing himself to the Cowboys for the next decade.
  • Meanwhile, Smith released a statement through his reps at Costa Sports Marketing to explain why he signed the long-term extension. “Late last week, the Cowboys approached me with a deal I told my agents I wanted to sign. My agents explained the pros and cons of this deal versus one that may be shorter term and/or higher guarantee. After careful consideration, I decided this long term deal was exactly what I wanted. Over the past three years, the Cowboys organization and Jones Family have helped me through trying times and I felt this was my opportunity to return the gratitude. I am beyond grateful for the Cowboys staff, my teammates, and the fans, and wanted to ensure I was locked in as a ‘Cowboy for Life’. I want to thank everyone for their support and look forward to having a star on my helmet for the remainder of my career,” Smith said.
  • While the Cowboys and Dez Bryant don’t appear to be close on a new deal at the moment, that could change quickly if Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas agrees on a deal soon, writes David Moore of The Dallas Morning News. Thomas and Bryant are very close statistically and that will likely give both sides a common reference point.
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