The Dallas Cowboys are facing outside pressure to release linebacker Jaylon Smith prior to the 2021 regular season.
Bleacher Report argued Smith is the one Cowboys player who could be chopped in the coming months — preferably after June 1, for salary cap purposes.
Via BR’s Chris Roling:
A second-round pick in 2016, Smith flashed massive upside, hence the team hitting him with a six-year extension worth $68.4 million in August 2019. But like the rest of his unit, Smith crashed and burned last year, putting up a 54.2 PFF grade, down from 70.2 the year prior (which wasn’t really matching expectations based on the contract, either).
Smith is a $9.8 million cap hit in 2021 and while the Cowboys could hope to tough it out and hope he’s better in the new scheme next year, making him a post-June 1 cut would save $7.2 million and push the dead money to future years.
Given the play of the entire unit last year and all the money poured into the offensive side of the ball, it’s something that has to at least get some consideration from the Dallas front office.
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