Aldon Smith makes return

Former star defensive end, Aldon Smith, is making his long awaited return to the NFL after he agreed to a deal with the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday.



April 2, 2020 - 10:29 AM

Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Aldon Smith (99) celebrates during a 2015 game against the Minnesota Vikings in Oakland, Calif. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/TNS

The Dallas Cowboys are taking a chance on another suspended defensive end, signing Aldon Smith to a contract while his playing status in the NFL is uncertain.

A person with direct knowledge of the deal said Smith signed Wednesday with Dallas. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn’t been announced. Smith posted a picture of himself signing a document on Instagram and wrote, “Life is good. I’m thankful. I’m blessed. I’m a Cowboy.”

Smith hasn’t played in the NFL since 2015, when he was suspended for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy while with the Oakland Raiders.

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