The Dallas Cowboys and Left Tackle Tyron Smith have agreed to an eight-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday.

Financial details of the contract were not given with the announcement, but the deal is reportedly worth $97.6 million in new money. Including the two years remaining on his four-year rookie contract, Smith will earn $109 million through the 2023 season.

The long contract means Smith will likely be the most important blocker for Tony Romo and whoever replaces the 34-year-old quarterback.

Smith was just 20 when Dallas drafted him ninth overall in 2011. He 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, where he made the Pro Bowl last year.

The contract reportedly includes $40 million in guaranteed money a $10 million signing bonus. In total money, the Cowboys will be paying one of the league's top offensive tackles an average of $11 million per year for 10 years.

Details on the structure of Smith's new deal have not been announced, but it is likely the finalized deal will be conducive to inking wide receiver Dez Bryant to a contract extension. Lengthening the deals for Smith and Bryant have been viewed as priorities by the organization this off-season. Bryant is entering the final year of his rookie contract.

Smith's extension makes him the league's highest paid offensive lineman, passing Joe Thomas, who signed a seven-year, $84 million deal in 2011.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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