Aldon Smith, who once looked like a potential Hall of Famer, has not played in the NFL since 2015. However, the Dallas Cowboys recently signed him to a one-year deal despite his troubled past. Smith has reportedly put on a lot of weight since last playing, though.
Aldon Smith looked like a star early in his career
With the seventh overall pick of the 2011 NFL draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected Aldon Smith. He ultimately had a fantastic season in 2011 for the 49ers as he had 14 sacks and 37 tackles. He then got even better in 2012 as he had 19.5 sacks and 66 tackles. Smith ultimately earned Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors that season.
Then in 2013, Smith only played in 11 games but he still had 8.5 sacks and 34 tackles. His 42 sacks through his first three seasons are the third-most by any player in NFL history, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. He, however, only played in seven games in 2014 with the 49ers and only had two sacks. Then in 2015, he only played in nine games for the Oakland Raiders and had 3.5 sacks.
He has not played since that 2015 season, though.
Finding himself in off-the-field trouble
Smith has had a ton of off-the-field issues throughout his career. The NFL suspended Smith nine games during the 2014 season for violating the league’s substance abuse and personal conduct policy, according to CBS Sports. He was also arrested in April 2014 after making a false bomb threat at Los Angeles International Airport, according to Sporting News.
Smith has also had four DUI arrests since 2012. After his third in 2015, the 49ers released him. Smith then signed with the Raiders in September 2015. While on the Raiders, the NFL suspended him one year after a hit-and-run incident and the league has still not reinstated him. This is all in addition to Smith being arrested for a domestic violence incident in March 2018. He was arrested again that month after violating the court order that required him to not contact the victim, according to KNBR.
The Raiders then released him following the incident. Then in June 2019, Smith was arrested again on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to The Kansas City Star.
Cowboys sign the heavier Aldon Smith
Last week, the Dallas Cowboys reportedly signed Smith to a one-year deal worth $4 million, according to ESPN. The NFL has not yet reinstated Smith but he is currently seeking a reinstatement.
Smith has reportedly bulked up too. According to Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer, who helped train Smith, said he is up to 287 pounds.
“We trained him at Unbreakable Performance and got him up (from 260) to about 287 pounds, completely rocked up, solid as can be, very low body fat,” Glazer said, according to Sports Illustrated. “He has trained his butt off. His conditioning is great. … He is just freaking monstrous … We had him on these resistance cords connected to the wall on a machine called the Raptor. I’ve had a ton of guys on it — big huge guys, monsters. Smith ripped it off the wall … No one has ever done that. He is an absolute freak of nature.”Jay Glazer
Additionally, Glazer said that Smith has been sober for nine months and has talked about his sobriety to the group of military vets and former players he has been training with. The group is called, “Merging Vets and Players.” Glazer went on to say, “Ironically, the vet he bonded with most, a guy named Sergio, is a huge Cowboys fan,” according to Sports Illustrated.
Aldon Smith is a great talent. He showed that in his first three seasons in the NFL. If he can stay sober and stay out of trouble, then Smith can be a big addition for the Dallas Cowboys.