Cowboys RT Terence Steele’s five-year, $86.8 million contract extension outraged NFL fans: “Holy overpay”

The Dallas Cowboys are making back-to-back moves to load their roster with mighty weapons ahead of the new season, and Terence Steele is the latest addition to the list. He went undrafted out of Texas Tech before landing in Dallas in May 2020.

Besides Steele, the Cowboys also signed Trevon Diggs and Malik Hooker to extensions, restructured Zack Martin’s contract, retained Tony Pollard with the franchise tag, signed Donovan Wilson to a new contract as well as acquired Brandin Cooks and cornerback Stephon Gilmore in trades.

Cowboys RT Terence Steele agrees to a five-year, $86.8 million contract extension

Terence and Dallas agreed to terms on a five-year, $86.8 million contract extension, including $50 million in guaranteed money with the potential to be worth as much as $91.8 million, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The 26-year-old tore an ACL during a game against the Houston Texans in Week 13 last season, but his hard work to bounce back stronger earned heavy praise from the Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy.

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“He hasn’t missed a day, and it’s just Terence. He’s in there the same time every day, doing the prehab. It really feels like he never left. … His first impression really sticks with me. I can remember watching him move in the rookie orientation during the pandemic year, just being impressed with him Day 1 and he hadn’t even put the pads on yet”, he said.

McCarthy also gushed about his work ethic, athleticism, and a sense of brotherhood with the offensive stars as well as the whole team.

“His work ethic, just the way he goes about it, he’s always been no-nonsense. Extremely coachable. Very bright. And he’s a glue guy. He’s really connected strongly, not only in the O-line room but the locker room. Terence is a stud.”

The RT was given a one-year, $4.3 million tender this March, and he was scheduled to become a free agent in 2024. He appeared in 45 games in Dallas while starting 40 of them.

NFL fans are outraged over Cowboys RT Terence Steele’s contract extension

Both Dallas signal-caller Dak Prescott and wide receiver CeeDee Lamb are waiting for extensions while linebacker Micah Parsons is also scheduled to earn a whopping deal by 2024. Keeping those equations in mind, the NFL community thinks Steele’s big contract was a bad move.

A netizen wrote,” I’m just gonna be honest, who is he? I’ve never heard of him not to mention getting a 5 year 86.8 million guaranteed. Is he a pro bowler? I deadass have no idea.”

A fan wrote, “Holy overpay. Why Cowboys will never win the SB again.

The Cowboys veteran Zack Martin earlier marked himself underpaid as he ranks the eight-highest-paid guard in the NFL by average annual value, despite arguably being one of the best in his position. The franchise’s owner Jerry Jones earlier blamed their financial condition as the potential reason behind lingering Martin’s extension and some fans trolled Jones for not taking the same initiative for their eight-time Pro Bowler.

A user wrote, “And people actually agreed when Jerry said they didn’t have the money and cap space to pay Zack Martin more.”

What’s your take on this move? Do you think that Terence is overpaid? Let’s have a discussion in the comment section.


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