Tyron Smith has a new contract that will probably make him the most important blocker for the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback who follows Tony Romo.
Smith, a Pro Bowl left tackle, signed an eight-year, $98 million extension Wednesday that pushes the total value of his contract to $110 million over 10 years and locks 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.
"He's something else,” Coach Jason Garrett said. “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."
Smith has started all 47 games in his career, missing one game with a sprained ankle in 2012. He played right tackle as a rookie before moving to the left side.
CARDINALS: Patrick Peterson of Arizona is now the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL, and he wasn’t shy about sharing the news.
Not only did he tweet out the terms of his new contract — five years, $70 million, $48 million guaranteed — he referred to himself as the highest-paid at his position at least five times in a media conference Wednesday announcing the deal — twice before he was ever asked a question.
By tweeting out his deal, Peterson made sure everyone knew that his contract was bigger than that of Seattle's Richard Sherman. The two have carried on a Twitter rivalry for some time.
In a tweet, Peterson said: "You mad bro!!!" followed by five faces crying. Sherman responded with a close-up photo of his Super Bowl championship ring and said "Can't ever be too mad."
MORE COWBOYS: Rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will miss at least two months after breaking his right foot in training camp. Coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday that Lawrence will return to Dallas to have surgery today and will miss eight to 12 weeks.
BROWNS: Cleveland signed safety Jim Leonard, making the Browns the fifth different NFL team in nine seasons. Leonard, 31, was with Buffalo last year, where he also spent the first four seasons of his career. He also has played for Denver, Baltimore and the New York Jets.
COLTS: Left guard Donald Thomas, who missed all but two games last season with a torn right quadriceps, might have re-injured the muscle Wednesday. Thomas appeared to reinjure his leg during a team drill, ending up on the ground. A full diagnosis has not been made.
STEELERS: Pittsburgh will retire defensive end Joe Greene's No. 75 during a ceremony Nov. 2. Greene helped Pittsburgh win four Super Bowls during his 13-year career, was a 10-time Pro Bowler and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1987.
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 had fusion surgery to repair vertebrae and a herniated disc in his neck in January and had just received clearance to return to full action last week.
BENGALS: Defensive tackle Geno Atkins, one of the NFL’s top interior linemen, joined in his first training-camp practice Wednesday, a big step in his comeback from a torn knee ligament. He had been limited to working out on a side field for the first week of camp.
Atkins tore the anterior-cruciate ligament in his right knee at Miami on Oct. 31. He led the team with six sacks when he got hurt.
LIONS: Detroit claimed wide receiver Quintin Payton, an undrafted rookie from N.C. State, off waivers from Tampa Bay. Payton had 23 catches for 481 yards and three touchdowns last season as a senior.
RAIDERS: Owner Mark Davis confirmed that he has met with San Antonio officials but declined to disclose whether he has any interest in relocating the franchise to Texas. Davis said in a statement: "Former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros is a friend, and Henry suggested I take the opportunity to meet with some city officials while I was in town. I have nothing further to discuss on the topic."
BILLS: Linebacker Nigel Bradham was suspended by the NFL for one game Wednesday. Bradham said that the suspension comes from a ticket he received last August for marijuana possession in suburban Buffalo.
Also, running Fred Jackson signed a one-year contract extension with the Bills.