Report: Packers are finalizing details on a deal for Jaylon Smith

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The Cowboys released linebacker Jaylon Smith on Wednesday, and he soon could have a new home.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports the Packers are “the likely landing spot” for Smith. The sides are finalizing details on a contract for Smith, per Rapoport.

The Cowboys owe Smith the remainder of his $7.2 million base salary this year. They cut him because of his reduced role and the risk of a season-ending injury with his contract guaranteed for injury-only in 2022. He was scheduled to make $9.2 million in base salary and count $11.8 million against the salary cap next season.

He now will cost the Cowboys $6.8 million in dead money against their 2022 cap.

Smith signed a five-year, $64 million extension in August 2019.

Smith played 56 percent of the defensive snaps this season, including 40 percent or fewer in two of four games.

“Really this wasn’t an easy decision,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday, via Todd Archer of ESPN. “He’s a good football player. He’s played excellent football here for a long time, but we have a [defensive] system, I think it’s clear now after four games how we’re playing.”

35 responses to “Report: Packers are finalizing details on a deal for Jaylon Smith

  1. Cant change direction due to injury and he goes to one of the coldest outdoor stadium teams in the NFL.

  2. Should have traded him to the other division like the Patriots did with Gilmore. The Cowboys just helped another NFC team that’s often in the playoffs

  3. Another big contract in Green Bay for the DEFENSE. and you Packer fans are still convinced they want to keep Aaron Rodgers and give him a NEW contract? with what? Accept it. AR is gone…

  4. wow, great move by the Packers and shame on the rest of the linebacker needy teams for being too passive

  5. Correcting errors… I feel you have never watched Jaylon play. I pray he is on the field when/if Dallas plays.

  6. Dude can’t cut or pivot. Has a hard time making solo tackles. Declines every year. Right move for the cowboys to own their mistakes and cut ties. Don’t see that too often. Good move by Dallas

  7. His story is a fantastic one but he’s closer to retirement than being a solid contributor.

  8. Packers really need a LB that cannot cover and makes tackles 5 yds beyond the los? At least they gave up nothing to get him.

  9. I just read that his inability to cut and run is a figment of the disgruntled Dallas fans’ imaginations. I guess we’ll see.

  10. Lots of haters out here…. if you’ve seen GB’s healthy LBs play you’d realize this is an upgrade and a need.

  11. Jaylon Smith will be an instant success for the GB Packers… Mr. Smith averages 100 tackles a season and has the ability to put his hand in the dirt and rush the QB. GB GM made an excellent call…

  12. >> All-American Voltron says: Another big contract in Green Bay for the DEFENSE. <<

    1. DAL cut Smith so they’re doing all of the heavy lifting on this contract.
    2. Smith won’t be on the GB roster next season.

  13. george4136 says:
    October 6, 2021 at 7:11 pm
    Lots of haters out here…. if you’ve seen GB’s healthy LBs play you’d realize this is an upgrade and a need.

    82 16 Rate This

    I have pulled for the dude for years but get ready. Celebrates every tackle mostly 6 to 8 yards past the line of scrimmage. If your linebackers are that bad good for you.

  14. Think this move would’ve happened if Rodgers didn’t say the things he did this offseason? Neither do I. I think that’s all he wants. Management has to do their part to make a team successful. Look at the Bucs? The Chiefs? They don’t leave any stones unturned. Makes it easy to play for a team that actually has the nerve to pull the trigger.

  15. A bit of a mystery move, since Campbell has been playing well and Barnes is coming back. Maybe they think he can be effective on blitzes. Anyway, yet another example showing GB is trying to win it all now.

  16. cheeseisfattening says:
    October 6, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    one team’s trash is another team’s treasure

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    Or for those with math skills, Green Bay getting him for league minimum and no commitment beyond this year is a much better deal than Dallas keeping him and having his salary guaranty for injury for next year. Kudos to them for working to improve their team. Some teams in the division seem to be content standing pat as also-rans.

  17. Uh. He was cut for a reason.
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    Yes, there is.

    Smith didn’t fit Dan Quinns scheme.

    Smith should be a solid fit in the 3-4. At the very least, he’s an upgrade for a very thin Packers MLB corps.

  18. The Packers just catapulted themselves into the big game with this unbelievable move. They certainly didn’t need a lock down corner.

  19. Jerry throws money at Dez and Zeke like there’s no tomorrow, but afraid to MAYBE lose a few million next year if Jaylon was to get injured.

  20. Per Bleachernation.com, “For what it’s worth, Smith is Pro Football Focus’ 11th-highest-graded linebacker after four weeks. Smith’s 69.5 grade is better than Bobby Wagner (69.1), Fred Warner (57.5), and Roquan Smith (46.9). PFF also has high praise for Smith’s efforts in coverage. Smith’s 82.2 coverage grade is the third best among linebackers. Given this set of data, now I’m even more confused as to why Dallas is dropping Smith.”

  21. I wonder if his decline is related to his injury before the 2016 draft and/or subsequent injuries up to now.

  22. I was always rooting for that guy after that tough injury. The Pack needs LBs and he surely can’t hurt.

  23. Another waisted pick. Dallas got rid of him because he was slow and lacked the speed a linebacker needs to be effective. The Packers already have a team of guys just like him. Apparently the GM doesnt get it that speed kills. This is a very slow team. The few guys who have speed are unreliable at times negating it: MVS dropping passes, Stokes getting stupid penalties. Jones Fumbling

  24. Per Bleachernation.com, “For what it’s worth, Smith is Pro Football Focus’ 11th-highest-graded linebacker after four weeks. Smith’s 69.5 grade is better than Bobby Wagner (69.1), Fred Warner (57.5), and Roquan Smith (46.9)
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    That doesn’t pass the smell test.

    If you talk to 9er fans, they’ll tell you Warner is the best LB in football. If you watch 9ers games, its hard to argue otherwise.

    If you talk to Seahawk fans, they’ll tell you Wagner is the best LB in football. If you watch Seahawks games, its hard to argue otherwise.

    Read the comments from Cowboy fans; Smith is a washed up bum that can’t cover, and makes all his tackles 8 yards into the backfield. Life is too short to watch Cowboy football, so I’m willing to take them at their word.

    I’ll hope PFF is right. But that is a VERY tough sell. If Smith was playing anywhere near the level of Warner or Wagner, there is no way he’d be on the street.

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