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Report: Raiders finalizing deal to bring back Aldon Smith

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Oakland Raiders' Aldon Smith (99) is finalizing a deal to return to the Raiders and end Khalil Mack (52), according to an ESPN report. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

Oakland Raiders’ Aldon Smith (99) is finalizing a deal to return to the Raiders and end Khalil Mack (52), according to an ESPN report. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders are in the process of finalizing a deal Monday to bring back suspended outside linebacker Aldon Smith, according to an ESPN report.

Smith signed with the Raiders after being released by the 49ers last season and played in nine games with seven starts before running afoul of the league policy on substance abuse stemming from an arrest of DUI, hit and run and vandalism

In those nine games, Smith had 3.5 sacks following a slow start after missing all of training camp before signing.

Under terms of Smith’s suspension, the latest in a series involving the former first-round pick out of Missouri, he cannot apply for re-instatement until November and will miss at least nine games.

Smith must comply with all terms of the NFL policy until that time and could be denied re-instatement or at worse banned for an even longer period of time. At the time of his suspension, Smith said through a statement he wanted to return to the Raiders.

Both Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Jack Del Rio echoed Smith’s wishes to remain with the organization. At the NFL owners meetings, both said they wanted Smith to work on getting his own act together before entering into a contract agreement.

According to the Twitter account of ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Smith was spotted at the team facility Monday. Under NFL rules, players under suspension can only be at the facility to speak with members of the team’s player engagement program for updates on their progress.

That makes Raiders director Lamonte Winston, their player engagement director, a key figure in assessing Smith’s state of mind and the viability of him returning to the club in November.

Although Smith appeared to be rounding into an effective player with the Raiders, at no time with the Raiders did he flash the kind of pass rushing skill which resulted in 42 sacks in 43 games from 2011-13.

Ideally, Smith would emerge as an additional pass rushing threat past the midway point of the season to supplement defensive end Khalil Mack and newly-signed outside linebacker Bruce Irvin.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • 1960AutumnWind

    DE only moves inside on passing downs

  • SB3

    Off the top of my head, Kroenke, Jed York, Jerry Jones, and Dean Spanos would support a Raider move to LV.

  • RAY NJ

    Drunk.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    And that’s how they will use him.. And when they try to run on us we go beef..

  • SB3

    Who would start in front of him? Jelly?

  • R8der4evr

    Where are the naysayers who thought Aldon would test other waters???
    He will retire as a Raider with a ring or three….

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Yea and that represents majority of West coast teams….

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Edwards be the guy, watch.. And Edwards is better than any D player in this draft.. If we want a trench player trade for Mo, if not go O in our draft.. That is if we want to win..

  • RaidingTexas

    Lmao

    Opening day postponed. I don’t know why they bother having home games up there in April.

  • SB3

    Libby gonna wait until after the Raiders move to make her “big announcement”?

  • You can add Plunk Head to your list.

  • R8der4evr

    Libby has other plans

  • Ajemerso

    I do

  • R8der4evr

    Booooo

  • xraided

    I don’t see that headliner anywhere but that tweet the other day…is that real?

  • Ajemerso

    We are already gone vegas raiders baby

  • R8der4evr

    Lol
    Last I checked we are here in Oaklanf as I predicted
    We aren’t going anywhere.

  • RAY NJ

    Yeah, and it’s really lousy out. Tomorrow 50s and sunny.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    And let’s not forget Autry and Orr as well.. Plenty of trench players to choose from..

  • R8der4evr

    You people are comical
    Oakland Raiders
    Don’t be traitors!!!!

  • Rik-Raidersince86…

    Great…. Aldon will be fresh when he comes back in November

  • xraided

    Just the Al Roo’s that are clinging onto anything they can ….it’s
    priceless at this point…trying so hard but failing so miserably

  • Rik-Raidersince86…

    What …. You people…

  • Rik-Raidersince86…

    LOL

  • R8der4evr

    YES
    You have no clue what it was like to watch them move the first time

  • SB3

    The CA teams would vote for it in a heartbeat to get the Raiders out of the state.

  • SB3

    Well, that would be awesome if that was the case.

  • Ajemerso

    I am a Reggie roo

  • Sheldon has probably been making phone calls, lots of them

  • Fugazi

    I do.

  • R8der4evr

    Me too man

  • Rik-Raidersince86…

    Global warming my mule

  • 909RaiderLifer

    You can continue the purse swinging at the NEW POST..

  • SB3

    Our roster stronger than the Chefs?
    If not, they are pretty damn close imo. Especially with Houston’s injury.

  • Fugazi

    We had season tickets from 1967 till Al packed the van and headed South. In fact we didn’t get our season ticket deposit back till they played their first game in El Lay. My old man was ticked off

  • Ajemerso

    The vegas raiders sounds great

  • inonewordraider

    We have a better oline wrs qb and even corrners, they’re better everywhere else

  • RAY NJ

    Oakland Traitors?

  • Raiders21

    Jaylon or darron with karl in the second

  • easyant13

    Yes, our o line and skill players are better

  • RAY NJ

    Oaklanf Raiders?

  • inonewordraider

    Better than jamaal charles maclin and kelce?

  • RAY NJ

    LS?

  • SB3

    Yeah, I saw several reports on it. Supposedly that the A’s will move to Howard Terminal.

  • Skewlboy

    Can never replace Oakland Raiders

  • Ajemerso

    No never

  • Rik-Raidersince86…

    Still sounds kinda weird..

  • Rik-Raidersince86…

    Or Los Angeles Raiders

  • Skewlboy

    Cooper>Maclin. Kelce =Walford Charles>Murray