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Packers cut Jaylon Smith a month after the Cowboys did the same

A promising talent out of college, the linebacker now finds himself without a team.

Green Bay Packers' linebacker Jaylon Smith has been released less than a month after the Cowboys did the same. What will the former Pro-bowler do now?
Benny SieuUSA TODAY Sports

Some might argue that the promising linebacker can't catch a break, but is that the case?

Jaylon Smith‘s short time with the Packers comes to an end

On Tuesday the Green Bay Packers announced that they would be releasing linebacker Jaylon Smith. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter who confirmed the news via social media, the decision comes just under a month after Smith was released by the Cowboys. Smith who joined the Packers in early October - just one day after he was surprisingly cut by the Dallas Cowboys - participated in just two games for the Packers. He was then listed as inactive for the team's Week 8 contest. Smith, a former pro-bowler now finds himself in a precarious position as he is without a team.

At the time of his release from the Cowboys, the main reason cited was a rather large injury guarantee for 2022 that was part of his contract. Smith's contract with the Packers, however, had no such clause which seems to suggest that Green Bay felt Smith simply wasn't up to par. While this is a debatable point, the fact remains that Smith is out the door.

What happens to Jaylon Smith now?

In the two games that Smith played as a Packer he participated in some 27 snaps. Smith will now try to find another team that is willing to place confidence in his ability to get the job done. A task that is undoubtedly made more difficult by the fact that both the Cowboys and Packers thought that he couldn't. The Packers for their part are now faced with the challenge of filling an open roster spot as they head into Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs


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