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Report: Dallas Cowboys sign veteran linebacker Malcolm Smith

The Cowboys made an addition to their defense by signing the former Super Bowl MVP.

NFL: San Franciso 49ers-OTA Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

On Monday, the Dallas Cowboys said they were looking to add a linebacker this week after suffering multiple injuries at the position. Just one day later, it happened. According to Todd Archer of ESPN, Dallas has signed free agent linebacker Malcolm Smith.

Dallas Cowboys passing game coordinator Kris Richard has some familiarity with the new Dallas linebacker. Richard was a defensive coach on the 2013 Seattle Seahawks at the same time Smith was also a player in Seattle. In their 43-8 victory in Super Bowl XLVIII, Smith was named Super Bowl MVP.

Since leaving Seattle after the 2014 season, Smith has bounced around from the Oakland Raiders, to the San Francisco 49ers, and most recently the Jacksonville Jaguars.

At age 30, it’s hard to tell if Smith has anything left in the tank, but adding a former Super Bowl MVP who has history with Kris Richard can’t hurt. With Luke Gifford confirmed out for the year, and Leigton Vander Esch possibly to follow, Dallas needed to do something at the linebacker spot.

Smith will likely have an extremely limited role on the defense, but the signing does give Dallas some more depth before their biggest game of the season against Philadelphia on Sunday.

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