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.

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.

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”

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