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Cowboys Trade Rumors: Aldon Smith Not Available Despite Seahawks' Interest

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistOctober 31, 2020

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Aldon Smith (58) in action during an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr.)
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The Seattle Seahawks reportedly inquired about Dallas Cowboys edge-rusher Aldon Smith in an effort to acquire him ahead of Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline.

According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, the Cowboys aren't interested in dealing Smith:

Garafolo added that a long-term extension could be on the horizon for the talented pass-rusher in Dallas. 

Smith, 31, has been good for the Cowboys this season, registering 29 tackles (two for loss), two sacks and five quarterback hits in seven games. Those numbers by themselves don't jump off the page, but they're made more impressive by the fact that Smith last played in the NFL in 2015 before this season. 

"He's always been a versatile player, but when you put on 25 pounds, it changes some of that versatility," defensive coordinator Mike Nolan told reporters in late September, speaking about Smith returning to the NFL with added weight and bulk. "It maybe takes a little bit of that versatility away from you, but then again it might help you in another area, as far as strength goes. He shows a lot of strength in his game, more strength than he showed as a younger player."

Smith was a force to be reckoned with early in his career, with 42 sacks in his first three seasons. But multiple arrests and suspensions halted his career, and he was indefinitely suspended by the NFL until being reinstated ahead of the 2020 season. 

"For me, like with most people, I think if anybody really wants to change, it comes from within," Smith told David Helman of the Cowboys' website in May. "And so I got to a point where I was fed up with how I was living my life, and I knew I needed to change if I wanted to be something and get back ahold of my life."

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His play on the field has been one of the lone bright spots for the 2-5 Cowboys, who are potentially playing for their season on Sunday night against the 2-4-1 Philadelphia Eagles. Somehow, that game will be for first place in the beleaguered NFC East. 

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