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A majority of the group in charge of protecting the Dallas Cowboys’ new $160 million quarterback are getting their money upfront to help the team’s cap space.
The Cowboys have officially restructured the contracts for offensive tackles Tyron Smith and La’el Collins and guard Zack Martin, who all missed a significant part of last season due to injury.
Smith’s season was essentially lost to injury, as the seven-time Pro Bowl tackle appeared in just two games. In October, NFL Network reported Smith would miss the remainder of the season to undergo neck surgery.
The team was already without starting right tackle Collins, who underwent season-ending hip surgery, and Martin was limited to 10 games.
“Collins and Smith each avoiding major injury is a good sign for an offense that has all the weapons on the outside to be a potent force if the line can keep Dak Prescott upright,” NFL Network reported in August.
All of these restructures combined creates $18.975 million in cap space for the Cowboys, who had less than $1 million in space before the adjustments to the contracts, the NFL Network reports.
Dallas now hopes that its veteran tackles will be back at full strength for the 2021 season. With Dak Prescott returning from injury, an offensive line will be essential to the Cowboys’ chances of creating a redemption run in 2021.
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