Aldon Smith gains re-entry into the NFL in 2020

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Aldon Smith will have another opportunity to play in the NFL once again. Let’s see if he’s a changed man this time around.

Smith signed with the Dallas Cowboys on a one-year deal in April. A month later, he has been reinstated by the NFL.

Former Oakland Raiders defensive end Aldon Smith sits on the bench against the Cincinnati Bengals
Aldon Smith sits on the bench against the Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by the Associated Press/Ben Margot)

He was reinstated by the league on Wednesday. He last played in the league in 2015 with the Oakland Raiders.

The pass rusher now is expected to join his new teammates through the team’s virtual off-season program that will begin next week. Their virtual off-season may actually be through Zoom since a lot of teams are utilizing the platform to stay connected since they cannot be together due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Smith is also allowed to meet with his teammates and coaches following his reinstatement. This would be huge for him, as he has to learn their defensive scheme since he may not be familiar with it.

The Cowboys are hoping that Smith can help their defensive attack. Dallas will ask the former first-round draft pick to help replace Robert Quinn, who left via free agency after signing with the Chicago Bears.

Smith is already familiar with a member of the Cowboys defensive staff. Jim Tomsula, who previously coached him with the San Francisco 49ers, is the Cowboys defensive line coach under first-year head coach Mike McCarthy.

The talented player had 44 sacks in 50 career games in his first four seasons.

However, Smith has battled demons in his past. He has been arrested several times, and was even suspended by the league numerous times.

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