The Dallas Cowboys shocked the world yesterday when they released linebacker Jaylon Smith. On Sunday, the 26-year-old was the defense’s captain for the week against the Carolina Panthers. Before the game, after warmups on the field, nearly 50 players encircled Smith as he gave an impassioned speech and broke down the team. What happens next? They let him walk. So what teams could use his services? Let’s look!
Cleveland Browns – I think the Browns should absolutely be calling for Smith’s services. They have one of the nastiest pass rusher combos in the country, and if you can have a solid linebacker behind that with ball skills it could be problems for teams trying to go underneath. I think the Browns would be an interesting spot when looking at rosters. I know they have Malcolm Smith, but Jaylon is a solid player.
Indianapolis Colts – I just think Jaylon Smith and Darius Leonard on the same field has a great ring to it. I am not sure what Smith is going to be looking for but at this point, I think he has to be an option for the Colts. The Colts have a great young MIKE with Bobby Okereke, but maybe they can switch up their defensive units. Plus their defensive coach knows a thing or two about Smith.
Green Bay Packers – The Packers linebackers could use an upgrade. I think Smith can come in right now and contribute. The Packers could use a mobile linebacker with the ability to cover a tight end. Packers usually run a 3-4 defense which allows them to rotate Smith in. I think this is a great fit to get him in right away.
Los Angeles Rams – I know they should go after everyone right? They should they are really close to winning. The Rams linebackers are decent, with Troy Reeder and Kenny Young, but Jaylon Smith is an immediate upgrade. Imagine Smith behind Aaron Donald? Holy cow, that will make any linebacker better.
Denver Broncos – I could see the Broncos calling because they have had some injuries. I am not sure where he will end up but the Broncos have been poaching guys from other teams practice squads they traded for a linebacker in the preseason. I mean they are not happy with their unit, and they will try to upgrade it. I am not sure Smith would even want to play there.
Blackhorse candidate – Washington Football Team, Ron Rivera knows a thing or two about overcoming the odds. He could end up getting his star linebacker like he had in Carolina and someone who can relate to him.