There’s no doubt about Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith. He is going to be a future Hall of Famer. One of the game’s greatest OT’s, named to eight Pro Bowls and two All-Pro selections. A Cowboys’ all-time great.
It’s also time for the organization to have that conversation. A conversation fans and analysts have had for a few seasons now. When is it time to move on? How will they do it?
He will be 32 this season, and his cap figure is very workable. Releasing or trading Smith would save the Cowboys $13.5 million in 2023 cap space either way, but Dallas should be looking to get back something in exchange.
They weren’t able to find a viable trading partner for La’el Collins and chose to release him instead. If there’s a market value for Smith, letting him go for nothing would be bad business.
Other experts seem to agree.
Bryan Broaddus, co-host of the GBAG Nation on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, TX, reached out to his famed Gang of 7 to gauge what the potential trade interest could be. With returns being as low as a seventh rounder or untradeable, to as high as a second or third rounder for the Dallas Cowboys great.
For perspective, there have been other quality tackles traded. These are some examples, as well as their values and ages at the time of trade:
- Trent Williams (31) for a 5th and a following year’s 3rd round pick
- Laremy Tunsil (25) and Kenny Stills + a 4th round pick for two 1st round picks + a 2nd rounder + Johnson Bademosi + Julie’n Davenport
- Orlando Brown Jr. (25) + 2nd and 6th round picks for 1st, 3rd, 4th round picks + the following year’s 5th round pick
- Trent Brown (28) + a 7th round pick for a 5th round pick
- Duane Brown (32) for Jeremy Lane + a 5th round pick + the following year’s 2nd round pick.
There’s still plenty to like about Smith. On the field, he’s still considered among the best OT’s in the NFL. But therein lies the problem: when he’s healthy. That stigma has been attached to him since 2015, the last year he played a full season. It’s now a question of ‘when’ instead of ‘if’ in regard to whether or not he misses time during the season.
Dallas already seemingly has their heir to the left tackle spot on the team with Tyler Smith, but the plan is to play him at left guard in year one. If he excels early, especially with Smith already experiencing back issues, it would be smart to rip the band aid off sooner than later.
The Dallas Cowboys have been in this similar predicament before with players like Sean Lee, who also couldn’t stay on the field. A valuable player on and off the field whose age and injury history had caught up with him.
If there is still value to Smith on the trade market, it may be worth considering.
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