ARLINGTON -- Former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith was showing off a charity project Thursday, but the NFL Hall of Famer also offered his thoughts on the Cowboys' free agency action (or lack thereof).
Smith gave a tour to the media and prospective donors of the Youth Education Town that the Salvation Army is building in Arlington, set to be finished in six months.
"We've been waiting a long time for this project," Smith said. "Think about it. The Super Bowl was here in 2010. It's 2013, and we're just now getting to the point where we can show that construction is actually taking place."
He has become the face of an 8,000-square-foot expansion for this Youth Education Town and he will forever remain one of the faces of the Dallas Cowboys.
He defended how Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is currently handling the salary cap.
"There is no solution -- not one that you would be happy with, anyway," Smith said. "And so, at the end of the day, the man is stuck between a rock and a hard place. If he's not loyal to guy like myself or Romo, whoever, you're mad. If he's too loyal, you're still mad. So, the man is in a no-win situation. He's doing the best that he can."
Assuming quarterback Tony Romo gets a contract extension that frees up some salary cap space this offseason, he said Romo should be aware of what the team does with the money.
"Is it going towards me having a mediocre front line in front of me and getting knocked on my back all the time, or is it going toward getting an upgrade, so we can become a better team?" Smith recommended Romo ask.
"Those are the things that he has to look at. The kid has been running for his life for the last three years," Smith said. "He can't drop back like Peyton Manning or Tom Brady and sit back there and have sandwich and some chips and a drink before he throws the football. He's dropping back to scramble, because he knows that offensive line isn't going to hold up that long."
In the meantime, Smith is looking for ways to make the Youth Education Town a better place for kids.