Less than two months ago the Dallas Cowboys shocked plenty of people around the National Football League when they signed defensive end Aldon Smith. Shocked is putting it mildly.
Smith was once a fearsome pass-rusher for the San Francisco 49ers, but hasn’t played in the NFL since 2015 due to an indefinite suspension. His road back to the NFL has been a long one.
The thing about Smith’s journey is that it remained a bit to-be-determined as he needed to be officially reinstated by the National Football League. People have used the word “if” a lot when referring to his future with the Cowboys, but on Wednesday that future became all the more clear.
Aldon Smith has officially been reinstated by the NFL
As mentioned, it hasn’t even been two months since the Cowboys signed Smith. It was noted before the NFL Draft that the league wouldn’t announce potential reinstatement for Smith or Randy Gregory before the selection took place, but just a few weeks later we have gotten our answer. Aldon Smith has been reinstated by the NFL.
Cowboys’ pass rusher Aldon Smith was conditionally reinstated by the NFL today, per source. He now is cleared to take part in Cowboys’ virtual off-season program.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 20, 2020
Virtual offseason programs have been going on across the NFL for a bit now and Smith is officially eligible to take place in them.
The Cowboys saw Robert Quinn leave in free agency and will be looking to get contribution from Smith in 2020, and hopefully from Randy Gregory as well (who’s reinstatement remains to be seen). Dallas also drafted Bradlee Anae in the fifth round so they have options along the edge.