IRVING, Texas – I decided to play a little “True or False” with some questions I’ve been hearing about the Cowboys in the past week or so.
False: I believe that in due time you will see both of these talented players get extended, which would be the absolute right thing to do. Bryant and Smith have proven that they are young, building block players for this club. Even though Smith’s option was picked up, making his contract a five-year deal, I have a feeling that it is going to be easier to get his deal done first than it is Bryant’s.
While Bryant and his camp have to believe that he is surely on par with Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald, the Cowboys might believe that he falls somewhere between those top two and Mike Wallace at $12 million per season. When you look at the top tackles in the league, there is only a $1.5 million difference between Joe Thomas and Trent Williams ($11.5 to $10), who is ranked fourth. On top of that, at 23, Smith is a full two years younger than Bryant, making it more appealing to lock him up, as he potentially has a very long career in front of him.
My feeling is that it will be the Cowboys and Tyron Smith to find a common ground more quickly, thus helping the deal.
Zack Martinwill play his entire Cowboys career at guard?
True: This is a total projection on my part, and even though I believe that he could line up at right tackle and be outstanding, his fit appears to be that of a guard. He is just such a natural-looking player when he is lined up inside. His body type, strength, power and mobility have that appearance of a guy that can play 10 to 12 years and never miss a beat.
There is already some nice chemistry with him and
DeMarcus Lawrencebe the starter opening day?
True: I know what this coaching staff is saying about bringing Lawrence along slowly and only playing him on rush downs, but if he is better than what they are playing with in the preseason and he shows the ability to not only put pressure on the quarterback in the passing game but also handle that ball right at him in the run game, then he should be the starter.
To this kid’s credit, he has done a nice job of battling Tyron Smith and