The Green Bay Packers have agreed to terms with former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith.
The Cowboys released Smith on October 5th. This move surprised many around the NFL because of his potential. Many analysts across social media immediately blamed declining performance as the reason. Cowboys writer Clarence Hill Jr who has been covering the team since 1997, gave some insight as to what happened.
The Packers acted swiftly and emerged as a landing spot shortly after the news. Several sources instantly reported details about Smith likely signing with the Packers.
The Packers expect to place edge rusher Chauncey Rivers, on IR. He suffered a non-contact knee injury during practice yesterday. This makes room for Jaylon Smith on the active roster right away.
Green Bay Packers linebacker room
The move gives the Packers a deeper linebacker room. It consists of Preston Smith, Krys Barnes, De’Vondre Campbell, Jonathan Garvin, Rashan Gary, Oren Burks, Ty Summers, LaDarius Hamilton, and Isaiah McDuffie. They use many linebackers running a 3-4 defense which gives Smith a lot of opportunities to insert himself into their rotation.
Due to the speculation, Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers offered some comments about Jaylon Smith after practice yesterday.
The Packers are building on a season where Aaron Rodgers won the MVP and they fell just short of the Super Bowl.
Jaylon Smith jersey swap
Lastly, here is a jersey swap edit by graphic designer Joe McMAnus of Jaylon Smith in a Packers uniform as a result of the signing.