Report: Cowboys asked Jaylon Smith to waive 2022 injury guarantee

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The Cowboys cut Jaylon Smith to avoid the possibility of owing his 2022 salary of $9.2 million, which is guaranteed for injury. Before pulling the plug, the Cowboys made Smith a proposal.

Drop the 2022 injury guarantee, and we’ll stay the course.

Clarence E. Hill, Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Cowboys asked Smith to revise his contract to eliminate the risk that they’d owe him $9.2 million next year in the event of an injury over the balance of the current season. Smith declined.

He could actually end up with more money this year than he would have gotten in Dallas. If he chooses to take the balance of his $7.2 million 2021 salary as termination pay (all vested veterans can do that once in their careers), Smith can double dip, keeping his full salary from the Cowboys plus whatever he gets from the Packers.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Smith most likely will choose to collect the rest of his Cowboys salary as termination pay.

So Smith gets more money and, most likely, more playing time with the Packers, given the quality of their linebacking corps. Plus, the Packers are as much of a contender as the Cowboys. And maybe they’ll meet in the postseason.

15 responses to “Report: Cowboys asked Jaylon Smith to waive 2022 injury guarantee

  1. The Packers are as a much a contender as the Cowboys? Lets see, one of these teams has been to the NFCCG twice in the last 2 years, the other hasn’t gone past the divisional round since 1996. I’d say we’re a much better contender than the Cowboys.

  2. For the Packers’ sake I hope they didn’t have any guaranteed salary in his contract. He’s a bit like Sean Lee–it’s only a matter of time before he’s hurt. I’m not saying anything bad about either of them. Sadly, it’s just the way it has been.

  3. Something doesn’t add up here. He’s way too young to have ‘lost a step’. The further away from major knee surgeries the more you start to look like you did pre-injury.

  4. So much for all that BS talk about wanting to be a “Cowboy for life”. Jerry wasted a 2nd round pick on this chump after he shredded his knee in a meaningless game. There’s a reason why he even couldn’t make the starting lineup in 2021.

    Have fun celebrating tackles after offensive positive yardage gains in Wisconsin while down by 21 points.

  5. redlikethepig says:
    October 7, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    Packers up to their necks in the dumpster.
    ********
    And yet, they keep winning. Weird. 🤔

  6. I’ve always liked Jaylon Smith. Seems like a great guy. I wish his performance hadn’t dropped off so noticeably. Regardless, I wish him well on his new team—as long as he isn’t playing the Cowboys.

  7. You’re all acting like they just released Urlacher. Sorry, you can’t call yourself a football fan and claim you cannot see all the times he shoots the wrong gap, completely whiff on tackles, an on occasion questionable effort and of course the head scratching enthusiasm celebrations after some fairly routine stops and regardless of score. The tape does not lie, this is a move that tells every other kid on that time on the bubble that they are serious about how well they’ve been playing as of kate.

  8. All you have to do is watch the games, he is a liability on the field and the Cowboy’s know it, he was getting cut at the end of the year regardless hence the offer, can’t really blame them for trying, strickly a business proposal on their part, now to the football part, great story Smith but the fact is he hasn’t really panned out after 2018, he can’t cut, he cant change laterally and he cant cover, but he can run a straight line and he’s a real good swiper after making tackles 10 yards past the line of scrimmage

  9. The Packers are as a much a contender as the Cowboys? Lets see, one of these teams has been to the NFCCG twice in the last 2 years, the other hasn’t gone past the divisional round since 1996. I’d say we’re a much better contender than the Cowboys.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    If the packers were remotely competitive in either of those NFCCG games, you may have had a point.

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