Twitter Utterly Shocked After Jaylon Smith Snubs Kansas And Tampa Bay to Play With Aaron Rodgers

Published 10/07/2021, 2:19 PM EDT
Sep 27, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys free safety Malik Hooker (28) celebrates with middle linebacker Jaylon Smith (9) and safety Jayron Kearse (27) after a play against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


After the Dallas Cowboys shockingly released linebacker Jaylon Smith, his first preference for a franchise was the Green Bay Packers. He has been emphatic about his decision to play with the veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

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Smith who got released by the Cowboys on Tuesday didn’t last in the market for long. His inclination to play with Aaron Rodgers made him reject offers from Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to play with his favourite QB in the NFL, rejecting a chance to play with Tom Brady as well.

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Jaylon Smith prefers Aaron Rodgers over Tom Brady

Smith racked up a smashing spell from 2018 to 2020 when he started every game for the Cowboys. He registered an enormous amount of 254 solo tackles over that period, and made the Pro Bowl in 2019.

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However, in 2021, Smith started just two out of the four games this season. Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy revealed little about his decision, calling Smith’s release a “big picture” move. Furthermore, Smith could be a perfect fit as a linebacker to the Packers as the franchise have been struggling on their defensive end by giving away at least 17 points in every game this season.

Although after the Smith expressed his inclination on playing with Aaron Rodgers, people took to Twitter to express their feelings about the matter.

Aaron Rodgers on Smith

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“I like him as a person, and he’s a super friendly, happy guy, even on the field,” Rodgers said on rumours about Jaylon Smith’s Green Bay Packers signing. “He’s a fierce competitor, but he always has a smile on his face. So I appreciate that about him, and it was just more of a respectful competitor-to-competitor conversation after the game (Packers at Cowboys in 2019).”

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

He further adds, “I haven’t heard if anything’s been done yet, but in general, I think anytime you add a veteran player to a team, there’s the possibility of a guy getting an opportunity who’s played football before at a high level, and sometimes it just takes an environment switch for some of those guys to play their best football.” 

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Apparently with a defensive beast on their side, Packers seem very lethal at this point of the season. With their next matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals in the Paul Brown Stadium, the Packers will be looking forward to continue their five win streak.

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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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