Cowboys expected to release 2016 draft pick Jaylon Smith

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Jaylon Smith has been a starter for the Dallas Cowboys. That will change on Thursday.

He will be released by the team after being drafted by the Cowboys in the 2016 NFL Draft. Once he is released, he will be able to sign with any team.

Jaylon Smith looks to tackle Jalen Hurts (Photo by Jaylon Smith/Instagram)

There will be several teams, who will be interested in his services. He should not be on the open market for long.

Due to a clause in his contract, the Cowboys would not be responsible for his entire salary once he signs with a new team. It’ll offset the remaining $5.6 million that he’s owed for the rest of this season.

Beginning in Week 6, Smith can sign a inimum contract worth $715,000.

This is a costly move for the Cowboys. They are facing $9.8 million in a dead cap hit this season.

They will be responsible for a $6.8 million hit next season. It will save them $5 million in 2022.

With Smith being released, the Cowboys are expected to move rookie linebacker Jabril Cox into the role. Cox will make his first NFL start against the New York Giants this weekend.

This season, Smith has appeared in four games, including two starts. He has had 18 tackles.

Smith — who was a second round draft pick in the 2016 NFL Draft — has appeared in 68 games, including 56 starts. He has had 516 tackles, including 20 tackles for a loss, and 15 quarterback hits.

He has 9.0 sacks and two interceptions. Smith has had six forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, including one return for a touchdown; and 20 pass deflections.

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