The Packers have released a veteran linebacker before of the NFL trade deadline.
The Green Bay Packers’ Jaylon Smith experiment is already over.
Smith, a former Dallas Cowboys inside linebacker, has been released by the Packers, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Smith has struggled to make an impression with the Packers’ defense in recent weeks. The move has yet to be officially announced by the team.
Jaylon Smith, a linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, has been released, according to a source.
November 2, 2021 — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter)
Following Smith’s release from the Cowboys on October 7, the Packers signed him to a veteran-minimum salary and put him into the rotation during Week 6’s win over the Chicago Bears after giving him a week to adjust to their defense. Unfortunately, as the second linebacker with De’Vondre Campbell, Smith appeared to be more of a problem for their defense, and he did not show much progress in his second game against Washington in Week 7.
Smith’s tenure with the Packers may be coming to an end after the Packers declared him inactive prior to kickoff against the Arizona Cardinals last week, despite the fact that he had practiced all week and was not listed on the injury report. Smith will leave Green Bay after only two games in which he had one tackle and two total pressures.
Unless the Packers add another coverage linebacker before the trade deadline, Krys Barnes is anticipated to play a bigger role on defense in the future. Barnes started ten games for the defense as an undrafted rookie in 2020, but in his second season, he has been relegated to a rotational role behind Campbell. At inside linebacker, the Packers have Oren Burks, Ty Summer, and rookie Isaiah McDuffie to rely on.
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