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REPORT: DE Aldon Smith Signing w/ Seattle Seahawks

After one year with the , 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 .

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.

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 2021 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.

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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