According to ESPN’s Todd Archer, team owner Jerry Jones spoke with the linebacker earlier today regarding the decision to release him.
In a surprise squad move, the Dallas cowboys they cut the linebacker Jaylon Smith, prior to his match of Week 5 against the New York Giantsreported Adam Schefter of ESPN, citing a source. The team later confirmed the news on its web portal.
Smith was chosen by the Cowboys in the second round of the 2016 draft, coming from Notre Dame, and they were very patient with the linebacker, who suffered a serious knee injury in his last college game. Dallas waited a long rehabilitation process, in which Smith He didn’t play his entire rookie season.
As of 2017, Smith participated in all the matches for the Cowboys, with six starting, and since 2018 he became a full-time starter, starting all 16 games of the season for three consecutive seasons, until 2020. Also, Smith became one of the visible leaders of the defense, especially during the linebacker’s absences Sean Lee for injuries and, eventually, his recent retirement.
In the current season, Smith played all four games for Dallas, but had just started two. He had 18 combined tackles.
From 2018 to 2020, he always exceeded 120 combined takedowns, including 154 last year, his highest mark. Forever, Smith he has recovered five fumbles, intercepted two passes, and scored a defensive touchdown. He also has nine sacks as a professional.
The one selected at Pro bowl At the end of the 2019 campaign, it was harshly criticized throughout the past season, with critics pointing out that its production did not correspond to its price. Smith signed a six-year, $ 68.4 million contract extension on August 20, 2019.
According to Todd Archer of ESPN, the Cowboys they still have to pay $ 7.2 million of their salary for this season. According to Archer himself, the owner and general manager of the team, Jerry jones, talked with Smith today regarding the decision to release him.
The team had some trade discussions earlier in the season, sources told Archer, but no deal was ever reached to trade the player. By releasing now Smith, the Cowboys they save the base salary of 9.2 million dollars for 2022 that was guaranteed only by injury.
The outstanding performance of the rookie first-round linebacker, Micah Parsons, in the first four games of Dallas in the campaign, he surely played a role in releasing Smith. Parsons has played various roles in a defense of Dallas which has shown a notable improvement over the previous season under the new coordinator Dan quinn.
The defensive improvement has been one of the reasons why the Cowboys They are 3-1 and lead their division at the start of the season.
The output of Smith leave the Cowboys with Parsons, Leighton Vander Esch and Keanu neal like the leading linebackers. What Smith, Vander esch is a former selected to Pro bowl which has also been criticized recently for a drop in its production, although it does not charge a price like that of Smith. Neal he’s a converted former safety who played for Quinn with the Atlanta Falcons. The team hopes that Neal come back from the reserve / COVID-19 list this week.