Center Travis Frederick was happy the Cowboys picked up his fifth-year option and hope it leads to a long-term deal with the team.
“Obviously, we’d love to do a long-term deal,” Frederick said Sunday during the team’s 12th annual Taste of the NFL to tackle childhood hunger. “That’s something that still has yet to be worked out. But the fact that they picked up the option just shows they have faith in me, and that they’re happy with what I’ve been able to accomplish so far. Hopefully, we can use this time to continue to build and get better and build our relationship closer.”
By picking up the option, the Cowboys guarantee Frederick $8.8 million in 2017. But they want to reduce that number by signing Frederick to a long-term deal.
The Cowboys signed left tackle Tyron Smith to an eight-year extention in 2014 after picking up his fifth-year option the previous season.
Frederick has started all 48 games since the Cowboys made him a first-round pick in 2013, and he has made two Pro Bowls.
“Obviously, I’d love to be here,” he said. “I love playing for the Cowboys. I think it’s a great organization. Hopefully things work out that way.”
Frederick and some of his offensive line teammates hosted The Ultimate Dallas Cowboys Tailgate Party, which has provided more than 5 million meals to hungry North Texas children. Jason Garrett, Smith, Joe Looney and Alfred Morris were among those making appearances at AT&T Stadium.
“I really enjoy coming out here,” Frederick said. “I think it’s a really cool event and a really good cause. You may know that childhood hunger is near to my heart. It’s something I really believe in, and I think the North Texas Food Bank does a great job of using the resources wisely and getting that to the kids. ... It’s a great way to raise some money and also to have some fun.”