Report: Ex-Cowboys Pro Bowler Surprisingly Released

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Report: Ex-Cowboys Pro Bowler Surprisingly Released

 

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, former Dallas Cowboys captain Jaylon Smith has been released by the Green Bay Packers less than a month after signing with the organization. Smith has already been cut twice in the first half of the 2021 season. The linebacker made two tackles in two games for the Packers, and it will be fascinating to see if he can find a new home.

Smith did not play for the Packers in their win over the Cardinals in Week 8. Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur addressed why the team added Smith after he signed with the team on October 7.

According to Sports Illustrated, LaFleur said, “I’ve always had a lot of regard for him, not only as a football player but as a man.” “When I was at Notre Dame, he was one of my favorites….” He has a fantastic presence, for starters. He has a contagious personality. He was a superb leader not only by example but also by voice, and everyone in the squad looked up to him. He was also a really excellent player at the time. He was the whole shebang.”

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‘It Was [Hard] Primarily Because He Is Such a Warrior,’ Jones says of Smith’s release.

The Cowboys released Smith on October 6 in part because they didn’t want to be responsible for the linebacker’s pay in 2022. Smith’s contract included an injury clause that rendered the Cowboys liable for his salary in 2022 if he suffered a season-ending injury. Smith’s health was a factor in the team’s decision to release him, according to Jones.

“It was [challenging]primarily because he’s such a warrior,” Jones said in an interview with Dallas’ 105.3 the Fan on October 8. “When you think of someone overcoming difficulties and for this game, he was exactly who you think of.” In my mind, he had a huge obstacle to cross in order to overcome his ailment, and that drop foot, as it’s known, that he had and still has to this day, was mind over matter. There was a lot of physical therapy now… Nokia News – Quick Recap

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