The Dallas Cowboys have informed free-agent pass-rusher Aldon Smith that they won’t re-sign him after one season, a source revealed to ESPN’s Ed Werder on Wednesday.
In the wake of serving an uncertain suspension from 2016 to 2019 for various off-field occurrences and infringement of the league’s substance misuse policy, Smith joined the Cowboys in 2020 on a one-year deal that might have paid him up to $4 million dependent on specific incentives.
The 31-year-old Smith completed the season with five sacks – remembering three for Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks. He was second to DeMarcus Lawrence on the Cowboys with 33 quarterback pressures and had 48 tackles, 5 tackles for loss and 2 fumble recoveries, returning one for a touchdown.
The decision not to bring back Smith was supported by the Cowboys’ signing of veteran free-agent defensive end Tarell Basham.
Additionally on Wednesday, the Cowboys consented to a one-year deal with safety Jayron Kearse after his visit to The Star, a source told ESPN.