According to Jordan Schultz of the Huffington Post and Bleacher Report, the New York Giants are one of several teams interested in an outside linebacker that could be a dramatic upgrade to their defense. The New York Giants are in great need of help to their defense, which during the 2014 regular season was ranked 28th in defensive yards per game with 375.8.
The New York Giants may pursue former San Francisco 49er outside linebacker Aldon Smith. In his first four illustrious years in the NFL, Smith had 152 tackles, 44 sacks, and five forced fumbles. During that time, Aldon has been named first-team All-Pro and named to one Pro Bowl, both of those coming in 2012 when the 49ers reached the Super Bowl.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Aldon Smith was released by the 49ers due to his fifth encounter with police in the past three years. San Francisco had finally had enough after standing by him through multiple arrests and a nine-game suspension last season.
The New York Giants are in desperate need of a skilled outside linebacker, after Jason Pierre-Paul, a former first team All-Pro, had his right index finger amputated this offseason after a fireworks accident. Pierre-Paul racked up 12.5 sacks last season for the New York Giants. His potential absence could be filled with the talent of Aldon Smith.
Giants in desperate need of a pass rusher, given JPP is out. Defense needs someone to really set the edge. Aldon Smith does precisely that.— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) August 10, 2015
However, it may be a while before Smith returns to the playing field. He could be facing a major suspension and could take time anyways to fix his off-the-field issues. The fact that the San Francisco 49ers released Smith after the retirement of both Patrick Willis and Chris Borland this offseason is a testament to the extant of the problems Aldon faces.
The New York Giants could pick up Aldon Smith for a minimal amount due to his substance abuse issues. This was his third arrest for issues pertaining to drunk driving. It would make sense that any team would wait a while before deciding to give Smith his latest second chance.
According to Bleacher Report, three teams, including the Giants, have interest in the troubled, but talented defender.
In his first two seasons in the NFL, Aldon Smith did not miss a single game to injury, making him a reliable option when not dealing with problems away from the field.
Do you think the New York Giants will make a transaction in order to acquire Aldon Smith? If the New York Giants are unable to sign Smith, do you see any other team taking a chance on the risky outside linebacker?
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