Aldon Smith grateful Cowboys didn’t trade him but not thinking about future

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The Cowboys are 1 1/2 games behind the Eagles in the NFC East. But at 2-6, on a three-game losing streak, facing the undefeated Steelers on Sunday and starting their fourth quarterback of the season, this season is lost.

The Cowboys could have traded pass rusher Aldon Smith. The Seahawks were among the teams interested.

Smith is happy to remain in Dallas.

“[It means] that they have faith in me, and they want me here,” Smith said Thursday.

Smith, though, signed only a one-year deal worth up to $4 million, so he is scheduled to become a free agent in March. He will get more in his next deal, whether that is with the Cowboys or someone else.

“I’m extremely grateful for the Cowboys giving me a chance,” Smith said. “I mean, I appreciate that. I’m not thinking about next season. I really just want to — I want to win. I want to keep getting better every week, and I want to keep getting better every week. I want to win. That’s what I’m worried about. That’s what’s on my mind.”

Smith, 31, returned this season from a suspension that began in 2015 because of legal and substance abuse issues. He has 35 tackles and five sacks in eight games.

Smith (knee) remained limited in Thursday’s practice as did running back Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring).

7 responses to “Aldon Smith grateful Cowboys didn’t trade him but not thinking about future

  1. Looks like the Seahawks have wanted every player PFT mentioned this month. AB, Dunlop, Aldon, Jacob Martin, etc…. seems that GM Schneider likes to make phone calls or the Media just makes it up as they go.

  2. The Cowboys took a risk when nobody else would. That risk appears to be paying off big time. Elite pass rushers don’t grow on trees. The Cowboys lost their QB for the season. He’ll be back next year. If they’re going to contend for a title, a guy like Aldon Smith is worth their weight in gold.

  3. Due diligence is certainly present with the Seahawks’ front office. They kick every tire. Hopefully, the final roster is the one that puts them into the SB.

  4. This guy turned his life around. Was in Jay Glaziers camp for all.ost 2 years with no issues. I’m glad the Cost have him

  5. Well it was rumored they were offered a 4th or 5th round pick for him. If he gets a good contract in free agency the Cowboys would get a compensatory 3rd rounder so it made no sense to trade him. Also he seems to be in a good spot right now mental health wise. It’s a good idea for him to try and stick around

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