Cowboys Releasing Jaylon Smith
The Dallas Cowboys have decided to release linebacker Jaylon Smith. The move will be official on Wednesday unless Dallas can find a last-minute trade partner.
A second-round draft pick in 2017, Smith started six games as a rookie, then started every game from 2018 through 2020. This year, he started in Weeks 2 and 3, but came off the bench in Weeks 1 and 4, losing playing time to Leighton Vander Esch and Keanu Neal.
Per Mike Garafolo, the Cowboys still owe Smith more than $7 million for the rest of the season, but releasing him now gets them off the hook for more than $9 million in injury guarantees in 2022.
The release comes 14 months after Smith signed a five-year contract extension.