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Cowboys make Smith highest-paid O-lineman

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OXNARD, Calif. -- Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith signed an eight-year contract extension that will keep him in Dallas through 2023 and make him the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL.

The total value of the deal, which carries through 10 seasons, is worth $109 million with $40 million guaranteed and a $10 million signing bonus, sources said Wednesday. Smith will make $32 million in the first three years of the new contract.

The ninth-overall pick of the 2011 draft, Smith made the Pro Bowl last season. In May, the Cowboys picked up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract.

Raiders to Texas?

OAKLAND Raiders owner Mark Davis confirmed a published report of a visit with San Antonio officials, but the extent of his interest in relocating his franchise to Texas is not known.

Davis, reached by phone Tuesday, said he was in San Antonio with close friend and former Raider Cliff Branch, who was being inducted into a local hall of fame.

"Former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros is a friend, and Henry suggested I take the opportunity to meet with some city officials while I was in town," Davis said. "I have nothing further to discuss on the topic."

According to a report in the San Antonio Express-News, Davis met with Cisneros, then-mayor Julian Castro, city manager Sheryl Sculley and the president of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

The Alamodome could serve as a temporary home until a new stadium is built.

Bills' LB suspended

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Nigel Bradham is trying to stay upbeat even after learning he'll be suspended for the first game of the regular season for a year-old drug offence.

The NFL announced on Wednesday that the Buffalo Bills linebacker will miss the start of the season because of a one-game suspension. Bradham said the suspension comes from a ticket he received last August for marijuana possession in suburban Buffalo.

"It's something that followed me from last year, a decision I made," Bradham said. "I regret it, I made a mistake. I apologized to my teammates. I'm sorry that we've got to go through this again."

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 31, 2014 D7

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