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Jaguars release LB Malcolm Smith after two games with the team

Jaguars, Malcolm Smith

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced that they had decided to release veteran linebacker, Malcolm Smith. He was originally signed on Oct. 23 as a result of various injuries at the linebacker position.

The journeyman linebacker has played in the NFL since the 2011 season and has totaled 393 total tackles and 4 interceptions. The two games that Smith played for the Jaguars was spent in a special teams role, according to John Shipley of Jaguar Maven.

Smith played in two games for Jacksonville but did not register a snap for the defense. He did play 29 special teams snaps for the Jaguars, which included him recovering a blocked extra point attempt in Week 9’s 26-3 loss to the Houston Texans. He attempted to return the block for points but was eventually tackled out of bounds by Texans punter Bryan Anger.

Smith began his career by spending four seasons with the Seattle Seahawks where he started during 16 of his 57 appearances with the team. He managed to total 132 total tackles, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 4 interceptions during this part of his career. Most impressive of all was the Super Bowl MVP that he earned in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Smith signed with the Oakland Raiders in 2015 and spent two seasons with the team. He was a full-time starter as he started in 30 of 31 games. That was the best period of his career when he totaled 226 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 8 quarterback hits, 4 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 1 forced fumbles.

After his time with the Raiders, Smith signed with the San Francisco 49ers and played for their organization for one season. He started in five of 12 appearances and produced 57 total tackles. He ultimately became a free agent and stayed available for a new team to sign him.

The Jaguars signed added Joe Giles-Harris to their practice squad and now have a roster spot open. It is unclear what they will elect to do with that spot