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Green Bay Packers finalizing deal for former Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith

Written by Doug Rush

The Green Bay Packers are finalizing a deal for former Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith.

Less than 24 hours ago, the Dallas Cowboys shocked the football world by releasing linebacker Jaylon Smith.

It sounds like he won’t be unemployed for very long, as Smith and the Green Bay Packers are nearing an agreement on a deal.

Smith was the Cowboys leading tackler last season with 154 total tackles. But with the switch in defense under defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and the team drafting Micah Parsons, Jaylon Smith’s role became diminished, as he only started in two of the last four games.

It was a shock to see Dallas release such a prominent player on the eve of a rivalry game against the New York Giants, who are coming off a huge upset win over the New Orleans Saints.

Smith’s release also came as a shock considering he had signed a five-year, $64 million extension before the 2019 season and came off three straight seasons where he had over 120-plus tackles.

Smith re-unites with Matt LaFleur, who was the quarterbacks coach when he attended and played for Notre Dame. The Packers defense now gets better with a tackling machine at middle linebacker.

About the author

Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.


In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.


After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.


In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.


Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.