Dallas Cowboys parting ways with linebacker Aldon Smith

By Field Level Media
Dec 27, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys defensive end Aldon Smith (58) in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys are parting ways with pass-rusher Aldon Smith, ESPN reported Wednesday.

Back in the NFL for the first time since 2015, Smith started all 16 games at defensive end last season and registered five sacks, 14 quarterback hits, 48 tackles and two fumble recoveries, including one returned for a touchdown.

The former first-round draft pick, who played last season on a one-year, $2 million deal, became a free agent on March 17.

Smith, 31, was the No. 7 overall pick by San Francisco in 2011 and registered 33.5 sacks in his first 32 games with the 49ers, earning first-team All-Pro honors in 2012.

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However, following a series of arrests and off-field issues, as well as multiple team and league suspensions, Smith was suspended by the NFL in November 2015. He wasn’t reinstated until last May.

Smith has 52.5 sacks and 103 quarterback hits in 75 games (53 starts) with the 49ers (2011-14), Oakland Raiders (2015) and Cowboys.

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–Field Level Media