The Seattle Seahawks have added another pass rusher as the team agreed to terms with former Dallas Cowboys starting defensive end Aldon Smith, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. The news comes just a day after Smith visited the Seahawks and a decision came sooner than expected as several insiders initially predicted Seattle would wait until after the draft to make an addition.
Smith notched five sacks, 50 quarterback pressures, 14 quarterback hits and 48 tackles with the Cowboys last season after a four-year hiatus serving a suspension. At his peak, Smith had 14 and 19.5 sacks in his first two seasons with the Niners. Smith earned an 89.5 grade from Pro Football Focus last season, which tied him for 16th among pass rushers.
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The Cowboys Opted to ‘Move On’ From Smith
The Cowboys took a chance on Smith by signing him last offseason after the pass rusher served an indefinite NFL suspension for the previous four years. Sports Illustrated’s Mike Fisher reported the Cowboys opted to “move on” from Smith citing personal issues. Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy disputed this notion during a March press conference.
“The facts: The Cowboys decided long ago – really, dating back to 2020 Thanksgiving weekend – that the overall arrangement was less than ideal,” Fisher detailed. “This conclusion was not reached this week, as has erroneously been reported. Additionally, as we’ve reported, Smith is focusing on ‘issues,’ sources tell us, that go beyond football and are more important than football. (There might be people inside this building who don’t know this; surely McCarthy is not among them.)”