Seahawks Host Former All-Pro Pass Rusher for Free-Agent Visit: Report

The Seattle Seahawks could be adding another pass rusher to their suddenly deep group as the team meets with Cowboys free-agent pass rusher Aldon Smith. The Seahawks were linked to Smith prior to last season’s NFL trade deadline, but the Cowboys opted not to deal him to their NFC foe.

“Cowboys free agent pass-rusher Aldon Smith is visiting the Seahawks today, per me and @MikeGarafolo,” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport detailed on Twitter. “A possible low-risk, high-reward addition for Seattle if all checks out. He had 50 QB pressures and 5 sacks last year.”

All signs point to the Cowboys not re-signing Smith, despite head coach Mike McCarthy publicly saying the team had not ruled out a new deal. The Dallas Morning News’ Michael Gehlken reported the Seahawks tried to trade for Smith last season.

“Cowboys had chance to acquire a draft pick from interested Seahawks last October if they traded DE Aldon Smith,” Gehlken tweeted. “Depending on contract value and timing, Dallas can be awarded a 2022 compensatory draft pick if Smith signs there.”

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The Seahawks Are Not Expected to Sign Smith Until After the Draft

The Cowboys took a chance on signing Smith last offseason as the pass rusher had not taken the field since 2015 for the Raiders missing the previous four seasons with a suspension. Smith got off to a hot start to the season notching five sacks, 14 quarterback hits, 48 tackles, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown in 16 starts for the Cowboys. Seattle is unlikely to sign Smith prior to the draft, per Gehlken.

“Cowboys had chance to acquire a draft pick from interested Seahawks last October if they traded DE Aldon Smith,” Gehlken tweeted. “Depending on contract value and timing, Dallas can be awarded a 2022 compensatory draft pick if Smith signs there.”