Defensive end Aldon Smith, who hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2015 season, will be playing for the Dallas Cowboys–once he’s reinstated–according to multiple reports.

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NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport details Smith’s contract.

NFL Insider Ed Werder joined The Team 980/95.9FM’s The Brian Mitchell Show w/ Scott Linn to give context to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ decision to sign a player that’s had a series of legal problems, and still hasn’t even been reinstated by the NFL.

“This [signing] is very consistent with his philosophy,” said Werder. “He’s willing to take risks to provide second chances to players who have had either great potential or a history of being a great player and a lot of those players, strangely enough, are pass rushers.”

Aldon Smith, Charles Haley, Alonzo Spellman, Dimitrius Underwood, Greg Hardy, Randy Gregory, Jaylon Smith, and Terrell Owens are a few examples Werder lists as people Jerry Jones has extended a hand to. Werder disclosed that new Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy and defensive lineman coach Jim Tomsula, whom Smith played under while in San Francisco, were strong advocates of the signing as well.

Smith, the number seven pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, last played for the Raiders in 2015 when he was indefinitely suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s substance-abuse and personal conduct policies. He was later released by team after being named as a suspect in a domestic violence incident. In terms of his reinstatement, Werder deems it could be “delayed” amid COVID-19.

“I think that he is in the process of filing the application,” said Werder. ” He still has to meet, in one form or another, with Roger Goodell. Ordinarily, he’d go to New York and meet with Roger Goodell, but under current circumstances, that could be delayed and could take a different form.”

Werder also reports that former Dallas defensive end, Randy Gregory, is also trying to get reinstated.

Dallas, who lost last season’s sack leader Robert Quinn to the Chicago Bears in free-agency, now has two potential replacements.


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