The Green Bay Packers reportedly are finalizing terms with Pro Bowl linebacker Jaylon Smith, one day after his surprise release by the Dallas Cowboys.
NFL Network reported the deal won’t be official until Thursday morning. Smith targeted Green Bay, per the report.
Smith, 26, signed a five-year, $64 million extension with Dallas before the start of the 2019 season and was under contract through 2024.
He started two of the 3-1 Cowboys’ four games this season and totaled 18 tackles. With Dallas opting for Keanu Neal and rookie Micah Parsons at linebacker in the season opener, Smith’s streak of 50 consecutive starts (including playoff games) ended.
Smith was the Cowboys’ second-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft and quickly worked his way into a starting role. He has 516 tackles, nine sacks, six forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and two interceptions in 68 career games (56 starts).
The Cowboys owe Smith $7.2 million for the 2021 season, according to multiple media outlets, but will save against the cap in future seasons.
–Field Level Media