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BREAKING: Cowboys Release LB Jaylon Smith After Failed Trade Efforts

The have surprisingly released Linebacker Jaylon Smith. Reports have Dallas trying to the veteran but with no takers, leading to today’s .

Smith’s release comes as returns from the list, necessitating a to make room.

A 2nd-round pick in 2016, Jaylon overcame a career-threatening at Notre Dame and enjoyed early success in Dallas. He deserved to go to the in 2018 and finally went the following season.

However, 2020 saw a sharp decline in Smith’s play and public questioning of then- ’s scheme. But while the team did move on from Nolan this year, they also did a lot to upgrade their talent at linebacker and pushed Jaylon into a reserve role.

Smith only appeared on 25% of Dallas’ defensive snaps in Week 1. The numbers went up in Weeks 2-3 with playing more DE and then Keanu Neal hitting the COVID list. But with Neal back and Jabril Cox to get on the field, the Cowboys have decided to end their relationship with Jaylon.

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Jess Haynie

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6 Comments

  1. Everyone knows that the NFL stands for not for long and that goes for coaches and players. There all expendable assets because it’s a business and when they don’t need you anymore they move on from you just like everyone else in the working world, but the one thing with them they make great money while there working.

  2. Interesting he couldn’t come up with a sudden injury and not be stashed on IR, in order to buy them more time for a trade attempt? Unless you cannot a player currently on the IR?

  3. Moving Smith was rumored during the offseason. Now with the addition and high level of play by MP, and Cox and Neal waiting in the wings, it was enough to supplant JS. Too bad we couldn’t have gotten a trade partner though. I respect his intestinal fortitude to come back from that devastating injury in college. Wish him well, unless, if and when, he plays against us..

  4. Sad for him. For me? Less screaming at my tv set is good for the environment. Seriously though, he was a progress stopper. Not happy that he wasn’t cut or traded before March. That $ could have been used towards Gilmore or something similar,maybe even packaged Jaylon up in the deal with a restructure.
    These are missed, pretty obvious opportunities that help win championships. I just don’t understand why they are missing the obvious.

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