Reports: After 4-year absence, former Mizzou star Aldon Smith signs NFL contract
Former Missouri star pass rusher Aldon Smith has signed a 1-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys after a 4-year absence from the NFL, per Jay Glazer. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Smith signed a $4 million deal.
Smith last played in the NFL during the 2015 season with the Oakland Raiders, but he was suspended for an alleged hit-and-run, DUI and vandalism incident. He’s served multiple suspensions throughout his NFL career.
The former Mizzou standout was the No. 7 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, where he played from 2011-14. During his first 2 NFL seasons spanning 32 games, Smith racked up a monstrous 33.5 sacks. When healthy and on-the-field, Smith is as talented as any pass rusher. However, he hasn’t played in 4 years, and it’ll be interesting to see his progression and impact this year (if any).
At Missouri, Smith was a Freshman All-American in 2009 and was the Big 12’s Defensive Freshman of the Year.
“Clean and sober now, incredible how much he’s turned his life around,” Glazer tweeted.
Everyone loves a great comeback story, and this would certainly qualify as that. The Cowboys are in need of defensive ends, and Smith fits the bill.