Tyron Smith has a new contract that will probably make him the most important blocker for the next Dallas quarterback after Tony Romo.

The Pro Bowl left tackle signed an eight-year, $98 million extension Wednesday that pushes the total value of his deal to $110 million over 10 years, locking him up through 2023.

The extension includes a $10 million signing bonus and $40 million in guaranteed money. Smith joins Romo as the only Cowboys with contracts valued at more than $100 million.

Smith was just 20 when the Cowboys took him ninth overall in 2011 out of USC. That was Jason Garrett's first draft as coach.

"That first one says a lot about what you believe," Garrett said. "He's something else. We really emphasize the importance of mental toughness. We believe that's a distinguishing trait in players and in teams. And he represents that in spades. He's off the charts."

  • Cowboys rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will miss at least two months after breaking his right foot in practice at training camp.

    Chiefs: Quarterback Alex Smith says that the time is approaching where he will shelve all talk about a contract extension and focus solely on football for the remainder of the season.


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    The Chiefs have been discussing a new deal with representatives for the former 49er for months, though the sides remain far apart. Smith said after practice Wednesday that he's yet to set a date to break off negotiations, but he acknowledged that "at some point mentally it'll come to me."

    Smith is due $7.5 million this season, the final year of his contract, and many expect him to get an extension similar to what Colin Kaepernick received from the 49ers. Kaepernick signed a six-year, $126 million deal that includes $61 million guaranteed.

    Giants: Running back David Wilson will not practice for the rest of the week and is out for Sunday's Hall of Fame game after suffering what the team called a "burner" in practice on Tuesday. Wilson underwent fusion surgery to repair vertebrae and a herniated disk in his neck in January.

    Bills: Running back Fred Jackson, 33, signed a one-year contract extension with Buffalo through the 2015 season.

  • Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham has been suspended by the NFL for the team's regular-season opener for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

    Bengals: Cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris was suspended for two games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

    Packers: Green Bay signed longtime general manager Ted Thompson to a multiyear contract extension. The team did not release terms, and Thompson declined to say the length of the new deal. Thompson is entering his 10th season as the head of football operations.

    Steelers: The team announced it will retire Hall of Fame defensive end Joe Greene's No. 75 during a game against the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 2.