Jaylon Smith’s five-year extension is worth $64 million, $35.5 million guaranteed

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The Cowboys officially announced the contract extension they reached with linebacker Jaylon Smith on Tuesday afternoon and then went ahead and announced the terms of the extension as well.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said at a press conference that it is a five-year extension worth $64 million. Jones also said that $35.5 million of that total is guaranteed.

The $12.8 million average annual salary puts Smith behind Bobby Wagner, C.J. Mosley and Deion Jones among inside linebackers. The guarantees are behind only Wagner and Mosley.

Smith was expected to be a first-round pick in 2016, but a knee injury in his final college game knocked him into the second round and kept him out for his entire rookie season. It also cast doubt on his ability to be a high-level NFL player, but Smith hasn’t missed a game the last two years and broke out while starting every game last year.

The deal he signed on Tuesday shows the Cowboys expect more of that for years to come.

31 responses to “Jaylon Smith’s five-year extension is worth $64 million, $35.5 million guaranteed

  1. Amari Dak Zeke GET IT YET! Cuz we aint blinking this is not a ME sport it isnt golf nor tennis nor bowling. You NEED talent around you! TEAM game. You can except what they offered (which is top 5 at your positions) or JUST leave already! They made it pretty clear DIVIAS!

  2. I have always respected this guy after he got hurt in the bowl game and said he would do it again. That shows character. Hard to do in this day and age when writers shame you for not being selfish.

  3. Become the consistent All-Pro caliber player that he has the talent to become and being part of the most visible team in all of team sports and that will be a fraction of his future earning potential. He does seem to be the one looking big picture (cough, cough Dak, Zeke and Amari). Excellent BUSINESS decision.

    Great guy who I hope stays healthy and realizes all of his goals. The usual haters should just avoid this post. This is a good thing that deserves to be treated that way.

  4. The story at draft time was that he’d be forever tied to Myles Jack, and compared to his success. So, how’s that comparison look today?

    Jaylon has played just one full season (last year). Stat summary includes 121 combined tackles, 6 QB hits, 6 TFL, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 TD, 0 INT’s.

    Myles Jack has played two full seasons (and 10 games his rookie yr). Last year stats includes 107 combined tackles, 4 QB hits, 1 TFL, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 INT, 1 TD.

    So they’ve had statistically comparable seasons last year. I saw PFF perhaps sum up Jaylon the best – “Among off-ball linebackers with 50or more pass-rush snaps in 2018, Jaylon’s 7.8% win percentage as a pass rusher ranked first.”

  5. derp363 says:
    August 20, 2019 at 6:02 pm
    nice deal for the cowboys. i’d sign the cornerback next. let the divas on offense whine.
    Jourdan Lewis is playing extremely well right now (and last season too). He doesn’t fit the size mold of Richard, but is a good player. I’m not sure the play difference justifies the contract Jones is going to get. Awuzie, Brown, and Lewis are still a strong three. I like Jones and would like him back, don’t think he’ll be affordable.

  6. I’m actually scared Dallas won’t get all these players signed … they haven’t won jack with them so I prefer they keep them all together 😀

  7. xlivsaints says:
    August 20, 2019 at 6:17 pm
    I really have no idea who this guy is.

    He’s the linebacker from the Cowboys that exposed your Saints offense and wrote a playbook on how to beat them. Smith specifically shut down your running game and passes to running backs. THAT’S why you didn’t go to the superbowl last year. your offense was figured out.

  8. I was rooting for Jaylon like everybody else after that nasty injury at his bowl game and glad to he him get paid. But if I was a cowboy fan I wouldn’t be too happy with this extension. Lots of quality MLB get drafted every year in the middle rounds.

  9. At this moment it’s a little high but considering what Mosley and Wagner got this off-season it’s not inconceivable in a few years Smith is worth 17-18 mill a year. By doing this deal now he gets long term security and the Cowboys aren’t sweating losing the defacto leader of this defense in two years. It’s a great deal all around. Happy for Jaylon and Dallas.

  10. And just like that, the Cowboys have assured themselves that Zeke never plays another game for the. Well done, Jerry.

  11. ninefingers9 says:
    Waste of money.
    You misspelled “Jimmy Garapolo.”

  12. Great work ethic and pride, said he would come back from that horrific injury and that he did, count me among the many skeptics that doubted this pick as ever panning out, , like all the other skeptics was totally proven wrong..

    Great job young man, glad your a Cowboy

  13. Eagles fan but glad this guy made it. Seems like a hardworking team guy who put his head down and worked to recover from a horrid knee injury. Far more of these guys in the NFL than the me first types but they make more noise and the media needs clickbait.

  14. Seems fair. If he hits his ceiling as a player this will look like a bargain in a few years.

  15. He does his talking via hardwork and his play on the field. Also professional off the field. Great example for other young players as to how to properly conduct your business. Therefore both earned and deserved.

  16. Way to go Jerry you got three guys a premium positions to pay amd you blow a huge load of cap space on a linebacker. A linebacker…. daks price will probably come down anyway. He isn’t worth 30 mil let alone 20 .

  17. Many ppl wrote him off. I never did. Good for him, hard work pays off. Now not only can I not even begin to imagine how this will impact negotiations w/ Dak, Zeke & potentially Amari Cooper…but what about LVE in two years time? Vander Esch is arguably the better player. He broke out sooner and was more productive as a rookie. The Cowboys aren’t going to be able to keep all their current talent in the building…

  18. I’m happy for both Smith and Jack. They got hurt at the worst possible time and put in the extreme work to get back to where they belong.

    Is it possible they would have been even better? Perhaps. But considering what happened, getting to this point for both, has to be life satisfying.

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