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Former USC great Tyron Smith leaves Dallas Cowboys, signs with New York Jets

Former USC Trojan and Dallas Cowboys legend Tyron Smith, who recently became a free agent this NFL offseason, has signed to the New York Jets to a reported one-year deal, according to Adam Schefter.

The 33-year-old offensive tackle is in his 14th season. Smith is an eight-time Pro Bowler who will now try to protect Aaron Rodgers coming off a torn achilles that ended his season on the first play of the 2023 campaign.

Smith himself has missed at least three games every season since 2016. He played only two games in 2020 and four in 2022.

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“Smith, a four-time All-Pro, will immediately slot in as the Jets’ starting left tackle, where he has spent most of his career. Last season, Smith allowed only one sack and 18 regular-season pressures. He ranked fifth in pass-blocking efficiency and was PFF’s top-graded pass-blocking tackle.

“Smith has been an incredibly steady force at one of the game’s most important positions. In fact, you have to go all the way back to the 2017 season to find the last time that Smith surrendered more than two sacks in a season, and on two occasions during that span, he didn’t allow any.”

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