The Cowboys brought Smith back out of a long hiatus and he was a capable player for them in 2020. Dallas even turned down interest in Smith at the trade deadline and the sense during the season was that he was a candidate for an extension.
However, things appear to have changed. Smith should be able to find a market for his services in free agency based on his 2020 tape.
Smith, 31, is a former first-round pick of the 49ers back in 2010. He was cut loose by the 49ers shortly after a DUI incident in 2015, even though San Francisco picked up his fifth-year option.
Smith later signed a one-year deal with the Raiders that was worth up to $8 million, which was largely incentive-based. The Riaders elected to re-sign Smith to a two-year, $11.5 million contract in 2016.
However, the Raiders placed Smith on the reserve/suspended list before cutting him loose in 2018. The Cowboys later signed him to a one-year contract worth $2 million and includes another $2 million in incentives.
In 2020, Smith appeared in all 16 games for the Cowboys and recorded 48 tackles, five sacks, two fumble recoveries including one returned for a touchdown and two passes defended. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 50 edge defender out of 109 qualifying players.