The Dallas Cowboys are set to release former pro-bowl LB Jaylon Smith according to ESPN’s Field Yates. The move will not be made official until tomorrow, as a trade could still be reached. However, releasing Smith will cost the Cowboys $7.2Mil for the remainder of the 2021 season, plus the $9.8Mil cap hit for 2022 due to Smith’s injury guarantees in his contract.
A 2016 second round pick by Dallas, Smith had several highly productive seasons from 2018-2020, and his 2019 campaign that included 142 tackles and 2.5 sacks got him elected to his first pro-bowl. As Dallas’ defensive unit has gotten healthier and Keanu Neal & Leighton Vander Esch continue to gain more snaps each week, Smith was limited to just 28 snaps in week 4. He will be eligible to field offers as early as tomorrow night.