The Dallas Cowboys are not used to shying away from troubled players, and it looks like they could be interested in yet another one. Linebacker Aldon Smith was recently cut by the San Francisco 49ers after being arrested for a DUI, but he may not be out of work too long. Rumor has it that a number of teams are looking at bringing him in.
Smith is a very talented pass-rusher who just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. The 49ers have given him numerous chances, and the team even released a statement saying they stood by him for a long time, but it got to be too much.
“This organization has tried very hard to help Aldon fight his issues. Although he is no longer a member of this team, our support and concern for him will continue.”
Now, he’s out there for another team in the NFL to pick up and get a very good pass-rusher, but that’s only if he can stay out of trouble. The Dallas Cowboys apparently have him on their radar, but Sports World Report states that a number of other teams do, as well.
Dallas is actually just one of 10 teams that could take a look at signing Smith — New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, New York Giants, New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, and Detroit Lions.
2012 was Aldon Smith’s only full season as a starter, and he showed that he deserved the spot. He finished the year with 19.5 sacks and dominated on the field. In 2013, he missed five games while being in alcohol rehab, and then he missed nine in 2014 due to NFL suspension.
Negotiations for a contract extension had begun between the 49ers and Smith, but that is obviously now out of the window. One of those other teams may sign him, but they would also be bringing in a player that is likely going to be suspended by the league.
GM speculating to me that Aldon Smith gets at least 12 game suspension.
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) August 7, 2015
Aldon Smith will receive a suspension and/or fine of some sort from the NFL, but there is no way of knowing what it will be just yet.
The Dallas Cowboys don’t have a lot of money to spend, and it’s doubtful they would want to bring in yet another player who will have to sit out with a suspension. The thing is, if Smith can stay out of trouble, any team that signs him will have a great football player.
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