FRISCO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Cowboys announced a long-term contract extension for linebacker Jaylon Smith.

The contract is for five years and $64 million ($12.8M per year) with $35.5M guaranteed.

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Jaylon Smith #54 of the Dallas Cowboys walks off the field after the Dallas Cowboys beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-20 at AT&T Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Smith was drafted 34th overall out of Notre Dame by the Cowboys in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Smith was entering the final year of his rookie contract and was set to become a restricted free agent after the 2019 season.

In 2018, Smith had four sacks and 82 solo tackles.

Smith tweeted, “3 and a half years ago on Jan 1st, 2016, Tears in my eyes, My life changed forever. I embraced each moment. I had a focused vision, determined belief and now I have earned one of my dreams! #ClearEyeView | #DallasCowboys”

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Smith said the new deal was “about being a Dallas Cowboy for life.”