Adam Schefter Explains The Complicated Process of Signing Aldon Smith [AUDIO]
Less than a week ago, pass rusher Aldon Smith was cut from San Francisco for being arrested over three charges, including a DUI. Oddly enough, a team could sign him right now if they wanted to.
“If a team were to sign him I believe he would be available to play right now,” said ESPN’s Adam Schefter, on 104.5 The Team.
“The case could be resolved in a month or two. I’ve seen players over time typically drag these out and make them last for a while, essentially delay them until after the season. I guess he could do that.”
While Smith might be available, it’s more complicated than that for a player who was suspended for nine games last season and has had multiple arrests during his short NFL career.
“The case has to play out and once that plays out, then the league can step in. He potentially violated the substance abuse policy and the personal conduct policy. He had already been suspended nine games last year so you’re looking at a longer suspension this year.
It wouldn’t surprise me if there were a team that signed him and ended up sitting on him for a full year while he’s suspended and having to babysit him and making sure he’s in good hands and getting the help he needed during that time.
“There’s a lot to do here and a lot to undertake. It’s not just going to sign Aldon Smith and all of a sudden you have this great pass rusher. I think there’s a lot more to it. I don’t think it’s a simple process or transformation.
“I spoke to one team and they said, ‘What do you think?’ They were pondering something as to whether or not it’s worth exploring it. I think there are teams that have definitely made calls and they’re trying to figure out the risk, the gamble, whether it’s worth it, what they should do and what the right course of action is to take here. Right now, nobody knows.”
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