Dallas Cowboys agree to terms with Aldon Smith, who last played in an NFL game in 2015
The Dallas Cowboys signed a former All-Pro defensive end on Wednesday night.
Dallas agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth up to $4 million with Aldon Smith, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on condition on anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose the team’s plans.
Smith was drafted in the first round, seventh overall, in 2011. He played four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and one with the Oakland Raiders, amassing 47.5 sacks and 89 quarterback hits in five seasons. In his first two seasons, Smith had 14 and then 19.5 sacks.
He hasn’t played since November 2015, when he was suspended by the league for violation of its policy on substances of abuse. His off-field issues have also included arrests on suspensions of domestic violence, a hit-and-run and DUI.
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Aldon Smith, who posted two double-digit sack seasons with the 49ers, last played in the NFL in 2015 with the Raiders. (Photo: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports)
Smith has begun the reinstatement process, a person with knowledge of his application told USA TODAY Sports. The person also said Smith has been clean for nine months.
This developing story will be updated.
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