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REPORT: Free Agent DE Aldon Smith Visiting w/ Seahawks

Easily the top Cowboys still on the market, is scheduled to visit with the today. While Dallas' actual interest in re- Aldon is still unknown, they may not have the option depending on how this visit goes.

After a four-year absence from football to work on personal issues, Smith returned to the NFL in 2020 on a one-year contract with the Cowboys. After a hot start in September with four in just three games, Aldon's production went off a cliff with just one more sack the rest of the season.

Surprise, surprise; his best game was a three-sack performance against the Seahawks.

Dallas declined an opportunity to Smith to Seattle last October. But this is a hindsight complaint; the Cowboys didn't really know yet what would look like upon return and were still competing for a playoff spot in the putrid East.

Now there's a chance that Dallas could lose Aldon to the Seahawks without compensation. But based on conflicting reports from March, who knows if they'll really see it as a loss?

A few weeks ago, we had a that the Cowboys had moved on from Smith. But then within a couple days, Mike McCarthy refuted that and said Aldon was still on his radar.

If Smith does wind up with Seattle, Dallas will be hoping the deal happens sometime before May 3rd. Free agent signings that occur before May 3rd count towards the compensatory pick formula for 2022. If Aldon signs somewhere after that date, the Cowboys won't stand to get anything back from it.

Aldon Smith is the last of Dallas' remaining from 2020 who could fetch them a meaningful compensatory draft pick in 2022. But even if that happens, would the Cowboys be better off with Smith as part of their pass-rushing rotation this season?

We'll see if his visit with the Seahawks leaves that option on the table.

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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