Dallas Cowboys decline to bring back DE Aldon Smith
On Wednesday, the Dallas Cowboys informed veteran pass rusher Aldon Smith the team will not be resigning him during the offseason after his lone season in Dallas last year. Ed Werder of ESPN first reported the news.
The embattled edge rusher served an indefinite suspension from the NFL from 2016-19 after a string of multiple off-the-field and substance abuse violations. Once he was reinstated into the league, Smith signed a one-year deal with Dallas in 2020 that could have paid him up to $4 million with incentives included.
Smith, 31, finished the year with five sacks — three of them coming in a Week 3 road loss to the Seattle Seahawks — along with 33 quarterback pressures, 48 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 2 fumble recoveries, and one defensive touchdown in a 30-7 win at the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Cowboys signed free agent pass rusher Tarell Basham, which reinforced Dallas’ decision to not bring Smith back. For more sports and outdoor coverage, click here.