Aldon Smith is just 26 years old, showed promise with the Oakland Raiders during his time on the field in 2015, and now he’s earned himself a new two-year deal with the team who gave him a chance. After Smith was released by the San Francisco 49ers last August due to off-field issues, including being arrested five times since 2011, the Raiders signed him.
Smith played in nine games, producing 3.5 sacks during that span, but unfortunately was suspended for one year after violating the league’s substance abuse policy. While it was a tough blow for both Smith and the Raiders, it hasn’t stopped the team from giving him another opportunity.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Raiders have re-signed the pass rusher.
Raiders and Aldon Smith have agreement in place, source told ESPN. Smith was spotted at team building today, trying to finalize deal.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 4, 2016
News continued to trickle out from there, with NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport being the one to report that Smith’s deal was over two years, and then Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports breaking down the numbers side of it.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 4, 2016
Aldon Smith's deal with the Raiders: two years, $11m base value with a max value of $19.5m based on sack and Pro Bowl incentives.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 4, 2016
Raiders fans are likely happy to get Smith back, and here’s to hoping he can get back on the field and make an immediate impact for a team who may be a popular underdog pick to make it to the 2016-17 NFL Playoffs.