The Oakland Raiders have added a player to their roster that can help their pass rushing issues, former 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith to a one-year deal. According to Adam Schefter, Smith may play in Oakland’s game Sunday. It’s widely known he’s awaiting disciplinary action from the incident that caused his release from the 49ers, his talent has never questioned, only his decision making off the field, especially with his demons with alcohol.
Deal for Aldon Smith with #Raiders is worth up to $8M for the year with roster incentives. Smith turned down more $ from other teams …
— Jason Cole (@JasonColeBR) September 11, 2015
From an on-field perspective, it’s a wonderful signing. Bringing in a player that’s averaged close to a sack a game in his career. Pairing him with youngster Khalil Mack will instantly give Oakland one of the league’s best pass rushing duos, young duo at that. With everything that Smith has been through off the field, he’s only 25 years old. The Raiders had 22 sacks as a team last season, Mack tallying six of those. Smith has racked up 44 QB takedowns in 50 games, an absurd number and nearly a record pace. He’s already practiced with the team and will be wearing his customary #99 should he play on Sunday. While many are going “typical Raiders”, that may not be the case here. They weren’t the only team that was interested in the former outside linebacker. Per Jason Cole, Smith wanted to stay in the Bay area so that he could continue to deal with his issues with alcohol. A great decision on his part.
The Raiders are excited to add a dynamic young player like Aldon, obviously it remains to be seen how much time off he’ll be given if and when a suspension is doled out. It may take some time though, courtesy of the latest disciplinary actions with players and the league it may be some time before the punishment is handed out. Which, if you’re the Raiders means a couple of games to see how he fits with your defense. Worst case scenario being that Aldon plays a couple of games this season, gets a large suspension and you re-sign him next year. If he wants to remain in that area due to getting better off the field, than you’re already on the inside track as the Raiders
“Aldon is an extremely talented young player, we welcome him to the Raiders family and expect him to bring his best every day and be a great teammate.” – Jack Del Rio, Raiders Head coach