NFL Rumors: Dallas Cowboys Could Parts Ways With Longtime Left Tackle

The Dallas Cowboys could let go of one of their franchise icons this offseason. According to the Atheltic's Jon Machota, left tackle Tyron Smith may have played his last snap for the team.

Machota posits that Smith's age, injury history, and inflated cap number could force the Cowboys to release the eight-time Pro Bowler. Smith has missed 33 games since 2020 and the Cowboys can save up to $13.6 million in cap space by releasing him.

Also working against Smith is the Cowboys' acquisition of Tyler Smith in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The rookie distinguished himself admirably over a colossal 1144 snaps last season, earning a 71.4 overall grade from Pro Football Focus and helping the Cowboys finish fourth in the league in points scored. It's early, but Smith has already proven he has a future on the blindside.

That all being said, Tyron Smith has a long history with the Cowboys. He has appeared in 148 games for the franchise and played for five top-five scoring offenses. If Jerry Jones or any of his cronies are the least bit sentimental, parting ways with Smith won't be easy. He's a future Hall of Famer and likely Ring of Honor candidate. His salary wouldn't be exorbitant if he were healthy, but that's a big if. Like many teams at this time of the year, the Cowboys have a tough decision on their hands.

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