The Dallas Cowboys have already buffered the interior of their defensive line with the additions of Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe. Now, they've taken a step to upgrade their pass rush from the perimeter with a very familiar face.
Breaking: The #dallascowboys have signed former Pro Bowl LB/DE Aldon Smith to a one-year, marking the end of a 4-year absence. Clean and sober now, incredible how much he’s turned his life around. @NFLonFOX @dallascowboys
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) April 2, 2020
Smith set the NFL world on fire in 2011 as the seventh overall pick of the San Francisco 49ers out of Missouri. He registered 14 sacks and quickly established himself as one of the best pass rushers in the NFL. He took it up another notch a year later in 2012 with 19.5 sacks and garnered Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors.
2013, however, began a series of troublesome situations for Smith. He was arrested for driving under the influence and marijuana possession and missed five games. In 2014 he was suspended for nine games for violating the league's substance abuse and personal conduct policy. A year later, he was arrested for his third DUI and was released by the 49ers.
He would sign a one-year deal with the then Oakland Raiders. Unfortunately for Smith, he was issued a one-year suspension after a hit and run. He would re-sign with the Raiders in April of 2016 and applied for reinstatement in October, however, no reinstatement happened and Smith hasn't played in the NFL since.
Now, after turning his life around, Smith gets another shot in the NFL with the Cowboys, pending reinstatement. More details to come.