Packers ‘making a push’ to sign linebacker Jaylon Smith

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The Green Bay Packers could be about to get some more help in the middle of their defense.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Packers are “making a push” to sign free-agent inside linebacker Jaylon Smith, who was released by the Dallas Cowboys earlier this week.

Rapoport noted that “Matt LaFleur was at Notre Dame with Smith and is a fan”, but added that there are still other teams that could sign him.

Smith is a former second-round pick who likely would’ve been an early first-rounder had it not been for injury.

With the Cowboys, he played in 68 games, starting 56. In that time, he made a total of 516 tackles, nine sacks, 20 pass defenses, six forced fumbles, and two interceptions. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2019.

It’s clear why the Packers have interest. Inside linebacker remains a position of need for this defense, even following the arrival of De’Vondre Campbell.

Campbell has proven to be one of the Packers’ best offseason additions, flying around the field and making tackle after tackle, play after play. But he can’t do it alone. Krys Barnes is a solid player, but it’s fair to say the Packers could do with more help in the middle of the defense if they can get it.

Smith has struggled at times for the Cowboys this season, and the team decided to move on for a reason.

Still, it’s possible that with a fresh start with the Packers, he could get back to his best. Even if he isn’t starting every game, Smith can help add some more depth at inside linebacker, and he has plenty of experience.

The Packers announced another move earlier today, signing cornerback Rasul Douglas from the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad.

Could Jaylon Smith soon be on his way to Green Bay too?