Cowboys news: Dallas signs free agent LB Malcolm Smith
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Report: Cowboys sign free agent LB Malcolm Smith

Malcolm Smith

The Dallas Cowboys became even thinner at the linebacker position following the team’s win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. As a result, Dallas has signed free-agent linebacker Malcolm Smith per Calvin Watkins.

During Sunday’s lopsided victory, the Cowboys witnessed Luke Gifford and Joe Thomas suffer injuries. Gifford underwent surgery on his arm on Monday and Thomas sustained a knee injury that isn’t believed to be serious according to Jason Garrett.

Besides Gifford and Thomas, the Cowboys have been without Leighton Vander-Esch for the last four games due to a neck ailment. The signing of Smith goes to show the severity of Vander-Esch’s neck injury.

At the same time, Smith provides depth at a position that the Cowboys are in desperate need of. Smith last played for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019 in Week 8 and Week 9.

In 2016, Smith combined for 103 tackles, two forced fumbles, and an interception for the Oakland Raiders. The following season, the veteran linebacker missed the entire year with the San Francisco 49ers after tearing his pectoral muscle.

Of course, Smith is mostly known for his contributions to the Seattle Seahawks. The versatile linebacker spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the Seahawks.

During his time in Seattle, Smith tallied 132 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, and four forced fumbles. Smith’s claim to fame came when he was able to be named the MVP of the Seahawks’ Super Bowl in 2013.

It remains to be seen if Smith receives any playing time with the Cowboys. But if he does, the Cowboys are hoping he still has some of his playoff magic left in the tank.