Jaylon Smith

Linebacker

Age: 25
Free Agency: 2026 (UFA)
Accrued Seasons: 3
  • 2020 Salary Cap Charge: $7,771,000 (3.57% of cap)
  • 2020 Cash Payout: $13,171,000 (5.56% of spending)
  • 2020 Cash to Cap Ratio: 1.69
  • Contract Value: $63,750,000 ($12,750,000 APY)
  • Fully Guaranteed Money: $19,006,678
  • Contract Ranking: 20/294 at LB

Current Contract

(Extension, signed 2019)
(📝: indicates contract trigger occuring during that year)
YearAgeBase SalaryProrated BonusGuaranteed SalaryCap
Number
Cap %
Dead Money & Cap Savings
201924$835,678$1,730,904$835,678$2,566,5821.3%
202025$5,171,000$2,600,000$5,171,000$7,771,0003.6%
2021 📝
March 17: Salary guarantees on 5th day of league year
26$7,200,000$2,600,000$0$9,800,0004.8%
2022 📝
March 17: Salary guarantees on 5th day of league year
27$9,200,000$2,600,000$0$11,800,0005.2%
202328$11,000,000$2,600,000$0$13,600,0005.6%
202429$11,000,000$1,600,000$0$12,600,0004.9%
202530$12,350,000$0$0$12,350,000--
Total$56,756,678$13,730,904$6,006,678$70,487,582

Contract Notes

Jaylon Smith signed a five year, $63.75 million contract extension with the Cowboys on August 20, 2019. Per PFT, Smith received $35.4 million in guarantees, of which $19 million is guaranteed at signing. Smith received a $5 million signing bonus and will receive a protected $8 million option bonus in 2020. His 2019 and 2020 salaries are fully guaranteed. If he is on the roster on the 5th day or the 2021 and 2022 league years his salaries those seasons will become guaranteed. Smith' 2019 salary cap charge will increase by $500,000 and his 2020 projected cap number will increase by $3.061 million.
Career Earnings: $18,994,972
Career APY: $4,748,743
Potential Earnings: $74,915,972
Total Guarantees: $23,530,360
Largest Cash Payment: $13,171,000 (2020)
Largest Cap Number: $13,600,000 (2023)

Contract History

TeamContract TypeStatusYear SignedYrsTotalAPYGuaranteesAmount Earned% EarnedEffective APY
CowboysDraftedRenegotiated20164$6,494,972$1,623,743$4,523,682$5,159,29479.4%$1,719,765
CowboysExtensionActive20195$63,750,000$12,750,000$19,006,678$13,835,67821.7%$13,835,678
Earnings By Team
TeamYrsSalaryAPYPaid on Cap% Paid on CapPaid as Dead Money% Paid as Dead Money
Cowboys4$18,994,972$4,748,743$6,994,9720.0%$00.0%

Salary Cap History

YearTeamBase SalaryProrated BonusGuaranteed SalaryCap
Number
Cap %Cash Paid
2016Cowboys$450,000$730,904$450,000$1,180,9040.7%$3,373,616
2017Cowboys$745,226$730,904$745,226$1,476,1300.9%$745,226
2018Cowboys$1,040,452$730,904$404,840$1,771,3561.0%$1,040,452
2019Cowboys$835,678$1,730,904$835,678$2,566,5821.3%$5,835,678
2020Cowboys$5,171,000$2,600,000$5,171,000$7,771,0003.6%$13,171,000
2021Cowboys$7,200,000$2,600,000$0$9,800,0004.8%$7,200,000
2022Cowboys$9,200,000$2,600,000$0$11,800,0005.2%$9,200,000
2023Cowboys$11,000,000$2,600,000$0$13,600,0005.6%$11,000,000
2024Cowboys$11,000,000$1,600,000$0$12,600,0004.9%$11,000,000
2025Cowboys$12,350,000$0$0$12,350,000--$12,350,000
Total$58,992,356$15,923,616$7,606,744$74,915,972$74,915,972

Statistics

YearGames PlayedGames MissedSnapsTacklesNegative PlaysInterceptionsFumblesTD
InjuredHealthyDefenseSpecialSoloAssistSacksYardsTFLQB HitsPass Def.INTYardsForcedRec.Yards
2017160055.2%2.4%4731113222002000
2018160095.3%19.0%8239466640022691
2019160092.2%17.3%83582.531638102160
2020200100.0%16.9%131000102000000

Valuation Diamond

The diamond is a scatterplot graph that visualizes the relation of the player's APY (in green) and performance (in blue, as measured by OTC's Valuations) to the rest of the league at his position. To understand how to read the diamond, read this explainer.

OTC ValuationAPY
Regular$4,272,000$12,750,000
Injury Adjusted$4,272,000$12,750,000
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OTC Valuation $3.6M $7.2M $10.9M $14.5M $18.1M APY $3.9M $7.8M $11.8M $15.7M $19.6M $8,103,000 $3,750,000

Weekly Valuation Trends

The chart below illustrates the trend of the player's weekly OTC Valuations (in blue) from the most recent season, using APY (in green) and, if applicable, cash that is due to the player in the next season (in red) as benchmarks. Weeks not plotted indicate that the player was inactive or on a bye.

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