Smith, a former Notre Dame standout, will nonetheless be owed a $7.2 million base wage. Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones spoke with Smith on Tuesday in regards to the choice, ESPN reported citing sources.
In accordance with the report, the Cowboys had commerce discussions concerning Smith, however nothing occurred. Dallas was keen to pay a few of Smith’s wage as a way to make a deal work.
Rookie Micah Parsons and veterans Keanu Neal and Leighton Vander Esch are anticipated to proceed to anchor the linebacker positions for the Cowboys.
Smith was drafted No. 34 general by the Cowboys within the second spherical of the 2016 NFL Draft. In August of 2019, Smith signed a five-year, $64 million contract extension with Dallas, which included $35.5 million assured.
He was beneath contract with the crew by way of the 2024 season.
Smith’s finest 12 months got here again in 2019 when he was elected as crew captain for the primary time. He piled up 142 complete tackles — 83 solo tackles — with 9 passes defended, three QB hits, 2.5 sacks, two pressured fumbles, one fumble restoration and one interception.
One other linebacker-needy crew will possible come calling for Smith’s providers within the close to future.