Rather than phase him out of the defense, the Dallas Cowboys allegedly tried shipping Jaylon Smith out of town.

This, according to Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball.com, who reported Wednesday that Dallas was “hoping” to trade the veteran linebacker during last month’s NFL Draft.

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The team’s best-laid plans supposedly went astray after prospective suitors “did not like what they saw” upon viewing Smith’s game tape and subsequently “declined to pursue him in a trade.”

Campbell — who also categorized Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson as being on the trade block — reported that Smith still could be moved “in the months to come,” ostensively before the start of the 2021 regular season.