On Wednesday, the Dallas Cowboys reportedly reached an agreement with free agent pass rusher Aldon Smith. Once considered one of the best edge rushers in the game, Smith has dealt with multiple issues off the field and hasn’t played a game in the NFL since 2015.
He’s been suspended since then and the commissioner hasn’t granted him reinstatement, but according to reports he is in the process of getting reinstated now.
Signing a troubled player is certainly not breaking new ground for the Dallas Cowboys. Jerry Jones has signed the likes of Adam ‘Pac-man’ Jones, Greg Hardy and drafted Randy Gregory, who also dealt with legal issues entering the draft.
For better or worse, those players never had huge impacts on the team. But, Smith could be a different story. He’s far more talented than those players and not playing in four years has saved his body from the wear and tear that average 30-year-old football players have.
Here are three reasons this signing could end up being a huge steal for Dallas.