The linebacker is one of many Cowboys players in need of an updated contract
As the Cowboys work their way through contract negotiations with their young trio of offensive stars in quarterback Dak Prescott, receiver Amari Cooper, and running back Ezekiel Elliott, they’re also well aware that a couple of their young defensive players will soon be in need of updated contracts — most notably cornerback Byron Jones and linebacker Jaylon Smith, both of whom are entering the final year of their rookie deals.
#Cowboys Linebacker @TheJaylonSmith discussed his contract situation and the high expectations in Dallas for the 2019 season…
“When it’s time for Jerry [Jones] to cut the check it will happen.”
On Monday, Smith provided an update on his contract status. He’s not sweating upcoming negotiations in large part because it sounds like he has faith Cowboys owner Jerry Jones won’t shortchange him when the time comes.
“It’s definitely a reality. At some point, the elite players have to receive their investment,” Smith told SiriusXM NFL Radio. “For me, it’s just about embracing the season I’m in. My redshirt year, when I was recovering, I embraced it. My first year back, wasn’t 100 percent … I embraced that season. Last season was a phenomenal year returning to the elite player that I am, I embraced it.
“When it’s time for Jerry to cut the check, it’ll happen. I just got to embrace where I’m at. I’m blessed, for sure.”