Aldon Smith, a former defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers and Raiders and who has not played in the NFL since 2015, reached a one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys valued at up to $ 4 million, a source told ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
Smith, 30, was suspended by the NFL for one year on November 17, 2015, after numerous brushstrokes with the law and repeated violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.
The NFL has yet to reinstate him, though a source told ESPN that Smith has already requested his reinstatement and is awaiting the league’s response.RELATED
Smith, who was a first-round college pick in 2011, was on the All-Pro team in 2012 and had 44 sacks in his first three seasons, has suffered from various legal problems. He has been arrested several times for driving in an inconvenient state and previously faced charges of possession of weapons, which were reduced.
The defensive end played nine games for the Raiders in 2015, seven of them as a starter with 3.5 sacks.
In November 2018, he did not contest two misdemeanor charges as part of a settlement with the San Francisco prosecutor’s office to settle a domestic violence case that happened months earlier.
Fox Sports was the first to report the agreement between Smith and the Cowboys.