The Dallas Cowboys made a surprise move regarding their defense on Tuesday.
Dallas cuts linebacker Jaylon Smith, though it owed him $7.2 million.
The 26-year-old was a second-round pick for the Cowboys in 2016, but missed that season due to an injury sustained in the Notre Dame’s bowl game. He hasn’t missed a game since he started playing in the 2017 season and made the Pro Bowl in 2019. Smith had 18 tackles in four games this season.
Dallas signed Smith to a six-year contract worth $68.4 million before the 2019 season. He has five years left on his contract and will be counting on $16.6 million in dead cap money.