GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Packers did not land former All Professional cornerback Stephon Gilmore however might have discovered assist for his or her protection in spite of everything in former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith.
Smith reached an settlement Thursday morning on a one-year deal, his agent, Doug Hendrickson of Wasserman, instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The transfer got here lower than 24 hours after information broke that the Packers had 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 house to amass Gilmore in a commerce as a result of they must inherit the remaining $5.8 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 might necessitate.
Smith, nevertheless, matches underneath 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 seemingly take the roster spot of out of doors linebacker Chauncey Rivers, who can be positioned on injured reserve after he tore his ACL on the second-to-last play of follow Wednesday, a supply instructed ESPN.
With the Packers, Smith might work his manner into the beginning lineup alongside De’Vondre Campbell, who has been one in every of their largest playmakers this season, or just supply backup depth. Second-year professional Krys Barnes opened the season as the opposite beginning inside linebacker; he missed final week’s sport towards the Pittsburgh Steelers due to a concussion he suffered the earlier week towards the San Francisco 49ers.
With out Barnes, the Packers used a mix of Ty Summers and Oren Burks subsequent to Campbell.
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 listing.
Smith was a second-round decide by the Cowboys in 2016 despite the fact that they thought-about it unlikely for him to play for a 12 months given the knee damage he suffered in his ultimate faculty sport at Notre Dame.
He made his debut in 2017 and has performed in each sport since.