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REPORT: Cowboys Still Considering Bringing Back Aldon Smith

Aldon Smith made a successful return to the NFL in 2020 as a member of the . While his sack production dried up after an early flash, the 31-year-old proved he could still contribute despite age and a five-year absence from football. Now a again, Smith is reportedly still on the ’ radar for a return in 2021.

Back in January, Jerry Jones said he wanted Aldon Smith’s journey to continue in Dallas. But since then the Cowboys have added pass rusher in and re-signed Ron’Dell Carter. They still have , , , and under contract as well.

One could have assumed, especially after the Basham , that Dallas no longer had Aldon Smith in their plans.

It isn’t hard to fit a player like Smith into any . While he played in his early years with the 49ers, he is a natural fit as a pass-rushing defensive end with the Cowboys expected to go back to the 4-3 scheme under .

A trio of Lawrence, Gregory, and Smith gives the Cowboys flexibility. It allows you to take DeMarcus off the field and still deploy two effective pass rushers at the same time, which could be especially critical in 3rd-down pass defense.

Finding a use for Aldon Smith isn’t really the issue. And with the first wave of free agency over, Dallas should be able to sign him to a reasonable contract that fits their fiscal needs.

The sticking point here is probably if they want to bring in an older veteran who would limit opportunities for young, developing talent. Smith would be the classic “progress stopper” in this case; perhaps stunting growth for prospects like Anae and Carter.

In the end, though, you don’t worry about the future if you think someone can really help you in the upcoming season. If Aldon is a clear upgrade over other options then you sign him up, focus on 2021, and cross other bridges when you come to them.

That’s why the Cowboys are still pondering a future with or without Aldon Smith; what’s his immediate value compared to their younger, and probably less expensive, prospects? If they think about it too long, another team may swoop in and end the conversation.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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4 Comments

  1. Despite what appears to have been a decline in his play over the course of the season, it still didn’t seem to provide opportunities for Anae (or Carter). Starting to think the Anae pick was overrated, and if true, then not worried about his progress being hindered. I think Smith getting another shot is warranted and that his body needed the year to re-adjust.

  2. I didn’t think Smith was very effective last year. He was just too slow. Because nobody else was getting to the QB either, Smith had second and third chances to pressure the QB. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have done much of anything. Maybe if he lost about 30 lbs he could regain some speed and flexibility, but he’ll never be the guy we saw back in 2011-2013.

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