Packers pick up former Pro-Bowl Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Green Bay Packers have officially signed a former Pro-Bowl linebacker.

NFL Insider Adam Schefter tweeted Thursday, Oct. 7, Jaylon Smith has joined the green and gold. Smith reportedly reached an agreement Thursday morning on a one-year deal. 

Smith, a team captain, was released Wednesday by the Dallas Cowboys.

One of the factors in the Cowboys' decision to release Smith was a looming $9.2 million guarantee on his 2022 salary if he got injured.

Smith’s role had been reduced after Micah Parsons was drafted 12th overall this year and the Cowboys moved free-agent pickup Keanu Neal to linebacker from safety.

For the Packers, this move comes after losing outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith for an extended time with a back injury. Linebacker Krys Barnes also missed Sunday’s game against the Steelers with a concussion.

Jaylon Smith was a second round pick by the Cowboys in 2016.

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