The Seahawks are releasing Smith, ESPN.com reports. Smith had signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks in April after spending the 2020 season with Dallas, where he logged 48 tackles and five sacks in 16 games. In the days following that, the defensive end -- who has been subject to NFL discipline on multiple occasions -- was arrested for an alleged second-degree battery, with his arraignment reportedly scheduled for later this month, per NFL.com. With Wednesday's move, the 31-year-old's playing status going forward is uncertain.
Smith turned himself in at St. Bernard Parish Prison in Chalmette, La. on Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with an alleged battery that occurred Saturday, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports. According to the St. Bernard Parish District Attorney, Smith allegedly choked a victim unconscious during a confrontation that occurred in a coffee shop. He's scheduled to be arraigned July 14 on a second-degree battery charge, and if convicted, Smith would face a fine of up to $2,000 and/or eight years in prison. The Seahawks -- who signed Smith to a one-year, $1.13 million contract two days before the alleged incident occurred -- announced Monday in a statement that they are aware of the pass rusher's arrest and are still in the process of gathering more information on the matter.
Smith is wanted for a second-degree battery that occurred Saturday in Chalmette, La., Travers Mackel of WDSU New Orleans reports. Mackel notes that law enforcement has video of the alleged incident involving Smith, who has yet to turn himself into police. Since entering the NFL in 2011, Smith has endured numerous legal issues that sidetracked his career and notably kept him off the field for four full seasons before he played in all 16 games for Dallas in 2020. Smith came to terms on a one-year deal with Seattle two days before the alleged incident in Louisiana occurred, but that contract could be in jeopardy now that he's facing a battery charge.
Smith is signing a one-year contract with the Seahawks, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports. Smith returned from a four-year absence to start all 16 games for the Cowboys in 2020, recording 47 tackles, 14 QB hits and five sacks on 809 defensive snaps. It was a far cry from his peak production with the 49ers back in 2011 and 2012, but Smith should nonetheless be helpful in Seattle, where the pass rush has been lackluster since the heyday of Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril in the early-to-mid aughts. Depth at DE shouldn't be an issue in 2021, with Smith joined by Carlos Dunlap, L.J. Collier, Kerry Hyder, Darrell Taylor and Benson Mayowa.
The Cowboys don't intend to re-sign Smith, Ed Werder of ESPN reports. Smith logged an impressive comeback season with the Cowboys in 2020, recording 48 tackles and five sacks while playing the full 16-game slate in what was his first NFL action since 2015. Though he opened the season on a high note, he lost some steam down the stretch, going without a sack from Weeks 9 through 17. Now a free agent and with Dallas having decided to move on, Smith will likely have to settle for a rotational role with another club regardless of where he lands next.
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