According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Seattle Seahawks are a logical fit for an outside linebacker, who would be a dramatic upgrade for the team at that position. The Seattle Seahawks don’t need a lot of help on defense, but their defense could get even better with an acquisition. In fact, the Seattle Seahawks were 1st last season in defensive yards per game with 267.1.
The Seattle Seahawks may pursue former San Francisco 49er outside linebacker Aldon Smith. In his four-year career, Smith has 152 tackles, 44 sacks, and five forced fumbles, much of that coming against division rival Seattle Seahawks.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Aldon Smith was released by San Francisco due to his fifth encounter with the law in the past three years. The 49ers had finally had enough after standing by him through multiple arrests and a nine-game suspension last season.
The Seattle Seahawks, or any team for that matter, could pick up Aldon Smith for a very low amount due to his substance abuse issues. It would make sense that the Seattle Seahawks could wait a while before deciding to give Smith his latest second chance.
Many teams make sense for Smith, since need in the linebacker position is common throughout the NFL. Organizations that may pursue include: The Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts, and San Diego Chargers.
Good pass-rushers are very rare in football, which could make Aldon Smith a hot commodity depending on his suspension. Smith could be the difference between a team being good and a team winning a Super Bowl. Smith could help the Seattle Seahawks win another title, and reach their third Super Bowl in as many years.
Seattle Seahawks general manager Jon Schneider is known for taking risks on players who have off the field issues. 2015 second round draft pick, Frank Clark, had a run-in with the police prior to being drafted and Schneider still took a chance on the young defensive end out of the University of Michigan.
In his first two seasons in the NFL, Smith did not miss a single game to injury, making him a reliable player when not having trouble off the field.
Even though it is likely that Smith wouldn’t be available much of the season due to suspension, having him stashed away could make a huge difference come playoff time.
Do you think the Seattle Seahawks will make a transaction in order to acquire Aldon Smith? If the Seattle Seahawks are unable to sign Smith, do you see any other team taking a chance on the risky outside linebacker?
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