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Breaking: "Likely" Destination Emerges For Jaylon Smith

Jaylon Smith celebrates for the Dallas Cowboys.

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 05: Jaylon Smith #54 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates a fumble recovery in the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans at AT&T Stadium on November 5, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Less than 24 hours after being released by the Dallas Cowboys, linebacker Jaylon Smith appears to have found his next NFL home.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Green Bay Packers are the "likely" landing spot for Smith. Earlier in the day, Rapoport had said to keep an eye on the NFC North franchise.

Besides the fact the Packers are looking for help at linebacker, Smith has an obvious connection to the Green Bay staff. Head coach Matt LaFleur was the quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame in 2014 when Smith was starring for the Fighting Irish.

Smith, who was cut by the Cowboys in a surprising move on Tuesday night, started all 48 games for Dallas from 2018-20. In 2019, he recorded 142 tackles, 2.5 sacks, nine passes defensed, two forced fumbles and an interception while making the Pro Bowl.

However, with players like Keanu Neal, Micah Parsons and Leighton Vander Esch starring at linebacker this season for the Cowboys, Smith became expendable. Head coach Mike McCarthy called it a “big picture roster move” and a tough decision.

Smith's new team will travel to Cincinnati this week to take on the Bengals. We'll see how if the fifth-year pro makes his Packers' debut on Sunday.