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    REPORT: DE Aldon Smith Signing w/ Seattle Seahawks

    After one year with the , Defensive End Aldon Smith will be continuing his NFL comeback with the . The veteran is with Seattle and thus another free agent from Dallas' 2020 roster who won't be returning next season.

    Sitting out from football from 2016-2019 to work on personal issues, Aldon signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys. Despite the long absence and turning 31 last September, Smith was one of the NFL's best pass rushers in early 2020 and remained one of the team's most productive defensive ends all season.

    Aldon's production dropped off significantly after the first four weeks of the season, and eventually was outshining him once he came off . For that and perhaps other reasons, Dallas didn't appear to be trying very hard to re-sign Smith this .

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    Smith's departure adds to the mass exodus of players from the Cowboys this offseason. Of the 23 players we listed and ranked back in January, only six of the top 15 have re-signed with Dallas thus far.

    Aldon Smith joins , , , and as key players from the 2020 to either retire (Crawford) or sign deals with new teams.

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    The Cowboys appear be putting their trust in Randy Gregory now as Smith's primary replacement. is still here and Dallas signed their own free agent, , to help bolster the group. You also have prospects like , , and in the mix.

    And of course, next week's could yield some additional talent at defensive end.

    Brief though it was, Aldon Smith's run with the Dallas Cowboys was a success story. Few could make the kind of comeback he did in those circumstances, but Smith proved in past years what an exceptional talent he is.

    Hopefully for him, and outside of any possible games against the Cowboys, that success continues with his new team.

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    Jess Haynie
    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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    Ninjaslayer

    So why didn’t the compensation pick mongers trade him last year ? Would have gotten a late round pick to waste on trash like Ben DiNucci

    Troy Tucker

    I truly wish there was somebody who would come out and say why the Cowboys did not re-sign Smith. I’m just curious there had to be some real reasoning behind it. But just like the awuzie signing they won’t give the exact scientific breakdown of why. Don’t tell me just because. I want to know the details.

    Justin

    The best reasoning i can come up with is the fact before the trade deadline Smith played great and the Cowboys were thinking of a long term extension and thus didnt want to trade him. After that point in the season Gregory played better than Smith and thus the Cowboys gave Gregory the vote of confidence and had no need for Smith. Like the article state’s Smith had 4 sacks in the first quarter of the season including 3 in the Seattle game and after that just tailed off.

    As for Awuzie, I believe the Cowboys wanted to bring back one of Lewis or Awuzie and went with Lewis because he was cheaper.

    VAM

    If you look closely at his career, you will see Smith only had two very good years, 2011, 2012. His one year w/Cowboys, started out pretty well, but petered out badly. Good luck to him, but IMO, we can find a better player in the draft.