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Making calls on Jaylon Smith, Stephon Gilmore potential in Kansas City

Wednesday morning came with the news of two prominent NFL players — at Kansas City Chiefs’ positions of need — potentially free on the open market. Former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith and soon-to-be-former New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore are suddenly available.

Linebacker Jaylon Smith

On Tuesday night, the Dallas Cowboys opted to release linebacker Jaylon Smith. However, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo has reported that it won’t become official until Wednesday afternoon, so a trade is very unlikely-but-possible.

When a team opts to release a player such as Smith, 26, who is still owed $7.