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Aldon Smith | Linebacker

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/25/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 265
College: Missouri
Contract: view contract details

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Suspended Raiders OLB Aldon Smith's contract will not toll to 2016.
It means he will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. Of course, interest will be minimal in a player who can't even apply for reinstatement until next November. Smith turns 27 next September. Another off-the-field issue could mean the end of his NFL career. Nov 17 - 6:46 PM

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NFL suspended Raiders OLB Aldon Smith one year for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports it's for Smith's involvement in an "August 28 incident." Smith was released by the 49ers after an early-August DUI. The August 28 incident is unknown. What's not unknown is Smith's pattern of destructive off-the-field behavior. He has put himself and many others in danger with repeated alcohol-related incidents. A year away from the field is going to be extremely challenging for the 26-year-old pass rusher. He won't gain automatic reinstatement upon the ban's end. Unless he's turned his life around, it's possible Smith never plays another NFL snap. If there's one positive, it that's the Raiders plan to "stick with" Smith through his suspension, according to's Ian Rapoport.
Nov 17 - 5:07 PM

Sports Illustrated's Don Banks reports Raiders OLB Aldon Smith could still be suspended this season.

Smith has yet to be disciplined for his latest drunk driving incident, which got him released from the 49ers in August. It's a matter of when, not if, the ban is coming.
Nov 17 - 4:31 PM

Raiders OLB Aldon Smith's next court date is November 4.

Smith has pled not guilty to misdemeanor DUI with a prior conviction, hit-and-run with property damage and vandalism under $400. Smith's case remains under review by the league. It remains unclear if/when he'll be suspended.
Oct 6 - 6:13 PM

NFL is investigating Raiders OLB Aldon Smith's DUI incident under the substance-abuse policy.

Smith was booked on DUI, hit-and-run and vandalism charges in early August. Because the hit-and-run and vandalism charges did not involve violence against a person, the NFL is not considering the incident under the personal conduct policy. Smith has already been suspended under the substance-abuse policy, which means he could be suspended again for any deviation from his treatment plan even without a failed test. Smith played for the Raiders Week 1 and will remain free to do so until the NFL hands down a suspension.
Sep 13 - 10:13 PM

Raiders OLB Aldon Smith is expected to play a limited role in Sunday's opener.

Smith will be active as a situational pass rusher despite signing on Friday. The Raiders aren't wasting any time getting him acclimated opposite Khalil Mack. Smith is expected to be available for about 20 snaps.
Sep 12 - 6:08 PM

Aldon Smith's one-year deal with the Raiders is worth up to $8 million.

Smith will earn a base salary of $1.25 million and $250,000 for every game he is on the 53-man roster. Smith can earn an additional $1.375 million for reaching eight sacks and $2.75 million for reaching 10 sacks. If he just stays on the roster the entire season, Smith will earn $5.25 million.
Sep 12 - 11:36 AM

According to ESPN's Ed Werder, OLB Aldon Smith impressed coaches at Friday's practice and will play in Sunday's opener against the Bengals unless the NFL prevents it.

Smith must have stayed in shape during his month-long hiatus. The expectation was that Smith would be eased into action but now the Raiders plan on using him right out of the gate. The 25-year-old can still bring the heat. He finished with PFF's 26th highest grade among 3-4 outside linebackers last season.
Sep 11 - 5:05 PM

Raiders signed OLB Aldon Smith, formerly of the 49ers, to a one-year contract.

Wow. He chose the Raiders over the Jaguars, Rams, and Bucs. Smith was released by the 49ers last month after yet another DUI that also involved hit-and-run and vandalism charges. The case has yet to be resolved, which makes the signing such a shocker. Oakland will keep Smith in the Bay Area and give him a chance to rush the passer opposite Khalil Mack. If Smith can keep his head on straight -- a huge "if" -- he and Mack would be a fearsome pass-rush duo. Don't expect Smith to play Week 1, as he needs time to get back in football mode.
Sep 11 - 12:11 PM

49ers released OLB Aldon Smith.

The 49ers' Offseason From Hell continues. They've lost Smith, ILB Chris Borland, DE Justin Smith, RB Frank Gore, coach Jim Harbaugh, both coordinators and most of the coaching staff, ILB Patrick Willis, LG Mike Iupati, CBs Perrish Cox and Chris Culliver, WRs Michael Crabtree and Stevie Johnson, OLB Dan Skuta, and RT Anthony Davis. Smith has been popped for three DUIs since 2012, in addition to multiple other alcohol-related incidents. Smith needs to get help, but the 49ers aren't going to be involved in that. They'll move forward with a depleted outside linebacker corps consisting of declining Ahmad Brooks, promising-but-enigmatic sophomore Aaron Lynch, special teamer Corey Lemonier, and rookie Eli Harold. Keep banging the under on San Francisco's 6.5-game Vegas Win Total.
Aug 7 - 2:31 PM

Updating a previous item, 49ers OLB Aldon Smith was arrested on DUI, hit-and-run and vandalism charges Thursday night in Santa Clara County.

Some people never change. Smith has been an off-field mess the past couple years, and this isn't his first drunk-driving incident. You have to be a special kind of stupid to get arrested on these kinds of charges during training camp. Now likely staring at lengthy suspension, Smith won't be counted on by the 49ers. They'll likely move forward with Aaron Lynch and Ahmad Brooks on the outside.
Aug 7 - 10:44 AM

49ers OLB Aldon Smith was booked in the Santa Clara County jail on Friday morning.

There are very few details, but Smith was arrested Thursday night and booked into jail early this morning. His bail has been set at $26,000. Smith has had his fair share of off-field problems the past couple years, but appeared to be cleaning up his act while the 49ers were talking about extending his contract. Those talks will obviously be put to rest after this latest run-in with the law.
Aug 7 - 10:37 AM

49ers GM Trent Baalke said he's going to "work hard to make sure" contract-year OLB Aldon Smith "remains here" long-term.

"Aldon's like any young player," Baalke said. "He's growing up, he's maturing. You see that with a lot of these guys. I'm really pleased with the way he's handled things, the way he's working both personally and professionally." Smith has had his share of off-field issues since entering the league. But when on it, few get to the quarterback more. He has 44 career sacks through 50 games.
Aug 5 - 9:00 AM

49ers GM Trent Baalke said Aldon Smith was "hungry" after a disappointing and suspension-shortened 2014 campaign.

"He’s got a great look in his eye. He’s doing well," Baalke said. "For anybody that’s been in a situation like Aldon’s been in, every day is a process. But he’s doing exceptionally well and he’s probably in as good a shape as he’s been in a long time." With Patrick Willis and Chris Borland retired and Justin Smith strongly considering it, the 49ers will need a big season from Smith to remain among the NFL's top defenses. Smith registered 19.5 sacks in 2012, his last full season in the league. He's managed 10.5 sacks in 18 games since.
Apr 18 - 11:15 AM

Aldon Smith's player rep calls his restructured contract a bet on himself.

Smith's $9.754 million salary was set to become fully guaranteed on Tuesday, but he agreed to turn it into a series of roster bonuses. 2015 is the final year of Smith's rookie contract. "He’s basically saying, ‘I’m willing to bet on myself that I will not do anything stupid,'" Smith's rep said. According to his agent, Smith's ultimate goal is to sign a long-term deal with the 49ers.
Mar 5 - 8:35 PM

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