Jaylon Smith Completes Masterstroke Move to Green Bay Packers After Release By Dallas Cowboys

Published 10/07/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
Sep 27, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Jaylon Smith (9) leaps in the air to help his teammates tackle Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) during the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


Former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith signed with the Green Bay Packers with no delay, revealed a representative of the player on Wednesday. After over five years with the Dallas Cowboys, the franchise let go of Smith on Tuesday.

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Smith is said to sign with the Packers who are at a 3-1 start four weeks into the season, replicating the haul of the Cowboys. Starting with a loss in the opening week followed by a three-game winning streak.

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The Green Bay Packers won’t be meeting the Cowboys this season but may find themselves at crossroads during the postseason if they continue to keep their winning form alive.

Jaylon Smith during his days as a Cowboy

Smith was a second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Cowboys. He could have been an easy top-five selection if it would not have been for his injury suffered during his last collegiate game. After missing the 2016 season, he debuted in a promising 2017 season, followed by a very productive 2018 season.

Due to the linebacker’s optimistic two seasons with the Cowboys, the franchise signed a long-term deal of six years for $68 million with the rookie. However, after a weak 2019 season and a mediocre 2020 season, followed by a dull start in 2021, the Cowboys decided to let go of the linebacker.

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What sealed the fate of the franchise to really move on with Smith was his potential $9 million injury guarantee for 2022 that lurked over his contract. Dallas Cowboys management viewed this as an investment not worth making.

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Although because of the current scenario of the linebacker with the Cowboys, it was the Packers that made the most out of it. The Packers signed Smith the moment they saw him as an easy grab before Kansas City Chiefs could get their hands on the deal.

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The Packers will meet the Cincinnati Bengals in their week 5 matchup. Do you think Jaylon Smith will play?

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee, an NFL writer for EssentiallySports, has completed his graduation in English and Economics. The previous content marketing intern has a combined passion for both writing and NFL. He is a self-professed geek, who loves to play chess and football in his spare time.

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