Dallas Cowboys’ defensive end The NFL’s indefinite suspension from the NFL has been lifted by Commissioner Roger Goodell five years after he was first exiled amid a series of alcohol-related arrests.
A spokesman for the league confirmed the decision to the Daily Mail. Smith’s recovery was first reported by ESPN.
After being cut by the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders, Smith surprisingly signed a deal with the Cowboys last month, despite his continued suspension and uncertain status for the 2020 season.
The 30-year-old has not appeared in an NFL game since 2015 due to legal issues and a public fight against alcoholism.
Smith has had no fewer than four DUI arrests since his lineup by the 49ers in 2011, and was voluntarily placed in a treatment center in 2013. He was also transferred to an inpatient rehabilitation center after a domestic violence arrest in 2018. Smith was last arrested for DUI in 2019.
The defensive end of Cowboys Aldon Smith’s indefinite suspension from the NFL has been lifted by Commissioner Roger Goodell five years after he was first banned amid a series of DUI arrests
In April, Smith posted a photo of himself signing his new contract on Instagram and wrote, “ Life is good. I am grateful. I am blessed. I am a cowboy. ‘
He has since moved to the Dallas area and held a video conference with Goodell on Thursday to discuss the terms of his recovery, which have not been revealed.
Smith’s recovery means the dreaded pass-rusher will be able to participate in team meetings and the Cowboys’ virtual offseason training program.
Smith first filed for recovery with the NFL in 2016, but that decision was initially delayed before subsequent arrests hurt his case.
For example, in March 2018, police arrested Smith on charges of attacking his then-fiancé. He reportedly fled the scene before the authorities could arrive, but turned himself in three days later. The Raiders released him shortly after his arrest.
He was ordered by a judge to register for alcohol monitoring and to be fitted with a single monitor. However, when he arrived at the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department in April 2018 to get the ankle bracelet, Smith’s blood alcohol level was an astonishing 0.41 – more than five times the legal limit for driving in California.
Smith was taken into custody for violating a court order stating that he should not drink alcohol.
In April, Smith posted a photo of himself signing the contract to Instagram and wrote, ‘Life is good. I am grateful. I am blessed. I’m a cowboy
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had a virtual meeting with Smith to discuss lifting his ban
His recovery means that he will immediately receive $ 90,000 of his $ 4 million one-year deal with incentives, according to ESPN. Thirty days after his recovery, he will receive another $ 50,000 and when he signs up for training he will receive $ 100,000.
If he doesn’t make it to the squad after the final cut, the Cowboys would owe him just $ 440,000 in total.
Smith released a statement on Instagram saying there is ‘beauty in the fray’
The 6-foot-4 combo linebacker / defensive end had an impressive 19.5 sacks in 2015, its second season, but struggled to match its production as it continued to struggle with personal issues.
The Cowboys are also waiting to hear about the possible recovery of another pass-rusher, defensive ending Randy Gregory, who was suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and has not played in a game since the 2018 season.
“We are not sure when we will hear anything,” said Stephen Jones, son of owner Jerry Jones, in April prior to Smith’s relocation. “It is clear that the league is looking forward to their interest. As men off the field and that is in the first place and the priority is how they get off the field.
“When they finally get to a point we think they can, Roger [Goodell] feel that they can go back to work and play football and that is in their interest in addition to what they need off the field, we will certainly welcome them again and get back to work. ‘
Smith (right) can be reunited with Dallas new defense line coach Jim Tomsula (left), who was his position coach for the first four seasons with the 49ers before becoming head coach
Jerry Jones and the Cowboys has a history of giving second chances to troubled players
Jerry Jones has tried in the past to revive the careers of troubled defensive players, but with mixed results. This time, Dallas is looking for quick help after losing Robert Quinn to Chicago on free duty.
Linebacker Rolando McClain played well for the Cowboys after returning from suspension in 2014 and registering 161 tackles over two seasons. Defensive ending Greg Hardy signed as a free agent with Dallas in 2015 after a domestic violence case in North Carolina, but that tumultuous season was Hardy’s last year in the league.
Smith is reunited with new defender Dallas, coach Jim Tomsula, who was his position coach in San Francisco before briefly becoming the 49ers’ head coach.
At the time of Smith’s 2014 release, Tomsula emphasized that he and the 49ers organization would continue to support Smith on his path to recovery and a message to anyone struggling with alcohol and drugs.
“What I’d like to say is that if one person reads this, and you struggle, you get help,” Tomsula said at the news conference. ‘Go get it. You are worth it. You are worth it. Every person has value. Get the help. You don’t have to walk alone. ‘