On Wednesday, Dallas Cowboys Left Tackle Tyron Smith signed an eight year extension valued at $110 million over ten years. Smith is only 23 and is already one of the premier left tackles in the league will now enjoy financial security for almost all of his career. It’s pretty likely he’ll play out the extension and be only 32 and probably be in line for another extension after he plays out this one. Smith will essentially be a Dallas Cowboy for life. Now let’s take a look at some Cowboys that could be signing new contract extensions in the near future.
1) Dez Bryant: Bryant is fresh off his 1st Pro-Bowl season in 2013 and he’s put up exquisite numbers that rank him almost at the top of his position. Bryant has averaged 92.5 catches, 1,307.5 yards and 12.5 touchdowns these past 2 seasons. Bryant isn’t a selfish player and the Cowboys feed off his energy, emotion and passion for the game he loves a great deal. Bryant has improved on the field as well as off the field. Cowboys Executive Vice President and COO, Stephen Jones have had discussions about a contract extension but Jones is confident that a deal will get done either soon or in season. ” We are totally committed to making Dez a Cowboy for life,” Jones said. Dez wants the Cowboys and the Cowboys want Dez. Look for Bryant to net a contract in the range of 10-12 million in the near future.
2) Demarco Murray: Murray is coming off a Pro Bowl season last year in 2013 also. Last season Murray gained 1,124 yards on 5.2 yards per rush and nine touchdowns. If the Cowboys want to have success in 2014, they’d wise to let Demarco Murray pound the rock. The Cowboys are 11-0 when Murray carries the football over 20 times. Murray is making only $1.4 million but in my opinion has the capability to be a top 10 running back in the NFL when healthy. The Cowboys are a bit hesitant to give Murray a long-term deal because of his injury history. He’s missed 11 games in 3 seasons with various injuries. The Cowboys have one of the best offensive lines in football and I think Murray will have a big season if the Cowboys decide to commit to the run and make it a necessity instead of a priority. The Cowboys have broken off contract talks with Murray until the end of the season but it would be in the Cowboys best interest to try to get a deal done before the season starts.
3) Dwayne Harris: Harris is truly a jack of all trades for the Dallas Cowboys. He’s one the best kickoff and punt return men in the NFL. Last season he averaged 30.6 yards on kick off returns and had a 12.8 yard average on punt returns. His performance in last season’s victory against Washington basically won the game for Dallas. He returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown and had a 90 yard punt return to set up another score. He also caught a late touchdown pass from Tony Romo to seal a 27-23 win over Minnesota in Week 9. Harris can also help you in the receiving game because he knows where he’s supposed to be and can make a play when his number is called. Harris is also one of the most exciting players on the Cowboys roster because he can take it the distance whenever he gets his hands on the ball. He’s only making $645,000 dollars for the upcoming season and will be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. The cowboys need to keep one of their most versatile and most exciting playmakers in the fold going forward.