The Cowboys on Wednesday night signed edge rusher Aldon Smith to a one-year deal. Smith hasn't played since 2015 because of NFL suspensions for both legal and drug issues but is reportedly seeking reinstatement. He racked up 14 sacks as a 49ers rookie way back in 2011 and then climbed to 19.5 in his 2nd season. Smith dealt with injuries and off-field issues over the next 3 seasons, last playing 9 games -- and tallying just 3.5 sacks -- with the 2015 Raiders. He'll turn 31 shortly after the 2020 season begins, so we'll see what Smith looks like whenever team workouts become possible again. If he approaches his early career form, there are certainly plenty of snaps available after DE Robert Quinn left to sign with the Bears. Smith's worth a stash in IDP dynasty leagues where possible.
The league on Tuesday suspended Raiders OLB Aldon Smith for a year for violating the substance abuse policy. Smith's violation appears to be for alcohol, stemming from the Aug. 6 incident that led the Niners to release him. The timing means Smith will need to apply for reinstatement next fall and won't be eligible to play until November. Oakland's decision to sign him in the wake of that incident and impending league action indicates the Raiders would be willing to stick with Smith in 2016. “Aldon has been a positive addition to the Raiders,” the team said in a statement. “He remains prominently in our long term plans and we will continue to support this member of our family as he gets the help that he needs.” The pass-rusher has played well for Oakland, tying Khalil Mack or the team lead with 8 QB hits and totaling 3.5 sacks. Smith will turn 27 next September and remains worth keeping in deep dynasty IDP leagues. As for the Raiders defense this year ... it'll certainly miss 1 of just 3 players on the team with more than 1.5 sacks.
Raiders OLB Aldon Smith played 91% of the 77 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Bears, according to CSN Bay Area. That marked his most playing time since signing with Oakland and helped Smith generate 6 solo tackles and a sack. More playing time obviously increases his chances of compiling stats for your IDP lineup, and Smith had already generated some solid hidden pressure numbers before his 1st sack of the season in Week 4. He'll carry significant upside going forward for leagues that score sacks well (more than 3 points per tackle point).
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Raiders expect to play LB Aldon Smith for about 20 snaps today against the Bengals. Smith reportedly chose the Raiders over Jacksonville, Tampa and Washington despite the lowest payout. That points to big opportunity for playing time and perhaps the best fit schematically. We'll be quite curious to see what Smith can do on his 1-year deal in Oakland and how much he can boost a Raiders D that has been forgettable for a while.
The Raiders on Friday signed former 49ers OLB Aldon Smith to a 1-year deal. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Smith had at least 3 other teams interested. Signing with the Raiders indicates either that they made the best money offer or presented the best opportunity for playing time. With limited pass-rushing beyond Khalil Mack, we'd bet Oakland promised Smith the opportunity to play his way into the rotation as quickly as he can prove ready. The 1-year deal should have Smith motivated to deliver this year before hitting the open market in March. The fact that Mack has lined up as a 3-4 OLB and 4-3 DE while keeping a LB designation in many fantasy leagues means we should expect the same for Smith. If he gets a DL tag, of course, his IDP value will grow significantly. For now, he's a player to watch in your fantasy football league rather than 1 to chase down immediately on waivers -- unless you play in a deep IDP format. The Raiders' team D, meanwhile, could get a big boost if they get the same kind of player we saw when Smith was on the field for the Niners.
ESPN's Jim Trotter reports that the 49ers will cut OLB Aldon Smith, according to a team source. Smith, of course, got arrested Thursday night and charged with hit-and-run, DUI and vandalism. Smith got arrested back in January 2012 on suspicion of DUI, which eventually turned into reckless driving. Later in 2012 came felony weapons charges (which eventually got reduced). September 2013 brought another DUI charge, which precipitated Smith's voluntary entry into rehab. The NFL suspended him for the 1st 9 games of last season for violating the personal-conduct and substance-abuse policies. Smith will likely have to prove he's on track personally before another team will take a chance on him. As for the 49ers defense ... just go ahead and send a sympathy note.
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