Cowboys shockingly release former Pro Bowl linebacker Jaylon Smith

By Clarence E. Hill Jr.

The Dallas Cowboys shockingly released former Pro Bowl linebacker Jaylon Smith on Tuesday, per sources.

Smith led the team in tackles the past two seasons but has been relegated to backup duties at middle linebacker following the emergence of rookie sensation Micah Parsons.

The team had some trade discussions with other teams but nothing materialized, per a source.

The Cowboys still must pay Smith’s full $7.2 million salary in 2021, a number that could be offset if he signs with another team.

Per a source, Smith is excited about his opportunities.

The Cowboys avoid paying his $9.2 million salary in 2022, but they were likely going to cut him after the season.

Smith signed a five-year, $64 million extension in 2019 that included $35.5 million in guaranteed money.

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