The Dallas Cowboys officially exercised their fifth-year player option on LT Tyron Smith on Thursday, CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora reported, citing league sources.
As had been suspected, the Cowboys chose to pick up the option on Smith, who's become one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL over his first three seasons. Smith made his first Pro Bowl last season, and the Cowboys, inevitably, are hoping for many more.
Smith was taken with the ninth pick in the 2011 draft and was guaranteed a player option as a first-rounder – a new provision in the CBA.
The deadline for picking up fifth-year options is this coming Saturday, May 3, and it's only guaranteed against injury until the start of the 2015 campaign, when it becomes fully guaranteed. Still, there's no reason Dallas wouldn't make this move despite the hefty price tag expected to be around $10 million.
Another possibility is that the Cowboys could work on a long term deal with Smith before the option kicks in at the start of the 2015 season.