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Should Cowboys Start Negotiating a Contract Extension With Rod Smith?

It's still a little early in the process, but it's looking as if could possibly be 's primary backup next season. He is coming off a fantastic 2017 campaign in which he set career highs in nearly every category, but his rookie contract expires after the completion of the .

The fact that Rod Smith is entering a contract year got me thinking about whether or not the should go ahead and open the negotiations for a . Smith is by no means a top priority right now, but it might be wise to go ahead and get a jump start on the process and lock him up before he comes even more expensive.

There of course is no hurry to get any kind of new deal completed anytime soon. The Cowboys top priorities right now are figuring out how to keep both , who could become the highest-paid in the NFL, and , who is coming off a season. You can also throw name in there somewhere as well.

Opening negotiations with Rod Smith could still be the wise thing to do on the Cowboys part. If they truly believe he will continue to progress like he has year after year and will continue to be a valued member of the team, then I say strike while the iron is hot.

Rod Smith
Dallas Cowboys RB Rod Smith

Fortunately though, the Cowboys have time on their side. They could possibly have two years before they have to make any kind of decision regarding Rod Smith. He is still under contract through 2018 and the Cowboys still technically hold his rights in 2019.

You see, Smith will become a restricted upon the completion of the 2018 season. That means the Cowboys still hold his fate in their hands if they decide to place a tender on him to secure his services for another year.

This is the same kind of thing the Cowboys will likely do with this season until he proves he is worthy of a second contract. This is probably the right approach to take for both players, but if Irving balls out in 2018, he could play himself out of the Cowboys price range.

It looks like a risk the Cowboys are willing to take, but I don't think they have the same kind of concerns with Rod Smith as they do with David Irving. Smith is virtually a choir boy compared to Irving, which is why I have no problems opening contract negotiations.

All of this really depends on what the Dallas Cowboys think about Rod Smith long-term. Are they comfortable with him in his current role as a backup RB and a core special-teams player?

If the answer is yes, then it might be a good idea to test the waters and get in touch with Smith's agent to see what they believe his market value is. But, like I said earlier, there's no rush to get anything done.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys should lock up Rod Smith long-term?

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
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Randy Martin

I think we began to get a taste of what Rod Smith can bring to the team last year but only got a glimpse in the last quarter of the season. The problem we have in managing the cap is what to do with all the other FA’s and the one’s we will look to add from other teams. The whole contract thing is like whack-a-mole. You don’t worry about it until it pops up. I would say if in fact he is #2 this season and does well, nothing would preclude an in-season extension but there is also the very real prospect of a new RB in the draft or free agency that could change things so I think too early to address this.

Nick Russo

I really like what rod brings to the table. He is a capable #2 back with a nice combination of speed and power. I almost would like to see him come in to spell zeke after he has tired down the defenses as smith is not an easy tackle. When you factor in his pass blocking and pass catching abilities and his special teams role, I think he is a great fit for the backup role. I personally think it would be smart to extend him now while it’s cheaper. If he doesn’t “pan out” it won’t have been a hefty investment. But based on what we saw of him last year, I think he will only get better and with it more expensive. It seems low risk high reward to extend him sooner than later.

Travis Diggs

I think they should keep the Smith brothers together as long as possible. Their each others biggest fans, it’s gonna make them better both. We already know what their future is with Jaylon but I think Rod is a dynamic player in his own right and was very under utilized this season. Keep the bros together

Cris de Campos

They’d be best to sign a deal with Rod and then trade Zeke and draft someone like Sony Michel or Guice, or Chubb, or any of the other quality RBs coming out this year, in the 2nd-4th round. Zeke is wonderful but he’s a distraction to the team that is unnecessary. The OL is really what makes this team go and they could probably upgrade it by shipping out the diva known as Zeke.

Cris de Campos

Note… This is how I felt they should have handled Brice Butler last year.

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