Report: Aldon Smith signs with Cowboys after 4-year absence


Aldon Smith has accepted an agreement with the Dallas Cowboys, paving the way for his return to the NFL after a four-year absence, reports FOX Sports Jay Glazer.

The ship’s rusher will sign a one-year contract that includes $ 2 million base salary and an additional $ 2 million in bag-based incentives, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. Smith is still waiting for the full reinstatement of the NFL, but the process is underway, Garafolo Notes.

The 30-year-old has not appeared in a game since 2015, when he played for the Oakland Raiders at the time, due to a series of out-of-scope issues.

Former seventh overall pick of the San Francisco 49ers, Smith had a great start to his career before problems off the field overturned him. He had 42 sacks in his first three seasons, the third most to start a career in NFL history.

Aldon Smith Career Statistics

Year Team Games Bags
2011 49ers 16 14
2012 49ers 16 19.5
2013 49ers 11 8.5
2014 49ers seven 2
2015 Raiders 9 3.5

Smith’s out-of-scope issues first appeared in 2012 when he was arrested for driving under the influence. He has been arrested three times since then on suspicion of driving under the influence, most recently in June 2019. Smith is now sober, according to Glazer.

In 2014, he was arrested after allegedly launching a bomb threat at Los Angeles International Airport. The charges resulting from the incident were eventually dropped.

In 2017, he did not plead any competition against a hit-and-run charge.

In 2018, he was arrested for violating the terms of a court order insisting that he stay away from his fiancée, who had been charged with assault. He was arrested months later for violating his bail conditions.

Smith will join a defensive front of the Cowboys which could also include Randy Gregory, who would have asked for his reinstatement following his own problems out of scope.


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