GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Packers did not land former All Professional cornerback Stephon Gilmore however could have discovered assist for his or her protection in any case in former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith.
Smith reached an settlement Thursday morning on a one-year deal, his agent, Doug Hendrickson of Wasserman, informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The transfer got here lower than 24 hours after information broke that the Packers have been a possible suitor for Gilmore shortly earlier than he was traded from the New England Patriots to the Carolina Panthers for a 2023 sixth-round decide. However the Packers didn’t have sufficient salary-cap space to amass Gilmore in a commerce as a result of they must inherit the remaining $5.eight million of his base wage on this 12 months’s wage cap. The Packers have solely about $6.5 million in cap house and nonetheless want room for the in-season strikes that accidents could necessitate.
Smith, nevertheless, suits below the cap as a result of the Cowboys are on the hook for everything of his $7.2 million base wage this season due to veteran termination pay guidelines.
He’ll probably take the roster spot of outdoor linebacker Chauncey Rivers, who can be positioned on injured reserve after he tore his ACL on the second-to-last play of observe Wednesday, a supply informed ESPN.
With the Packers, Smith might work his means into the beginning lineup alongside De’Vondre Campbell, who has been one in every of their largest playmakers this season, or just provide backup depth. Second-year professional Krys Barnes opened the season as the opposite beginning inside linebacker; he missed final week’s recreation in opposition to the Pittsburgh Steelers due to a concussion he suffered the earlier week in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers.
Smith, 26, noticed his function with the Cowboys diminish with the addition of first-round decide Micah Parsons, the manufacturing from Leighton Vander Esch and the return of Keanu Neal from the reserve/COVID-19 record.
Smith was a second-round decide by the Cowboys in 2016 though they thought of it unlikely for him to play for a 12 months given the knee harm he suffered in his ultimate school recreation at Notre Dame.
He made his debut in 2017 and has performed in each recreation since.