Reports: Cowboys agree to extension with LB Smith

The Dallas Cowboys have reached a long-term agreement with linebacker Jaylon Smith, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

Terms were not disclosed.

The contract extension is the latest success for Smith, who was drafted by the Cowboys in the 2016 second round after he suffered a devastating knee injury, including ligament tears and nerve damage, in a bowl game while at Notre Dame.

He sat out all of 2016, made 81 tackles in 2017 while making six starts and then started every game last season with 121 tackles, including six for loss and four sacks. He also forced two fumbles.

Smith, 24, would have been a restricted free agent after this season. He and second-year pro Leighton Vander Esch, 23, give the Cowboys a strong, young core at linebacker.

Smith's extension comes amid much attention on the contract status of the team's Big 3 on offense -- running back Ezekiel Elliott, quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper.

Elliott is holding out of training camp with two years left on his deal. Prescott reportedly turned down a $30 million per year extension and is seeking a contract worth $40 million per year. Cooper is playing in the final year of his rookie contract at $13.9 million.

Cooper isn't holding out, but he hasn't played in the preseason because of a heel injury, and he is likely to skip the final two games before the season-opener, ESPN reported Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, the Cowboys moved defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence and defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford off the physically unable to perform list, allowing both to participate in individual drills at practice.

Lawrence, recovering offseason shoulder surgery, signed a five-year, $105 million contract that includes $65 million in guarantees in the offseason. Crawford has been working his way back from hip surgery.

--Field Level Media

08/20/2019 21:22

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