The Oakland Raiders have signed former 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith

The Oakland Raiders bolstered their defensive line in a surprise move on Friday.

The Raiders announced Friday that they have signed linebacker Aldon Smith.


“We are confident that the Raiders provide an environment where Aldon can thrive through the support, structure and leadership within the building,” said General Manager Reggie McKenzie. “We are excited to have Aldon here in the Raiders family.”


“Aldon is an extremely talented young player,” said Head Coach Jack Del Rio. “We welcome him to the Raiders family and expect him to bring his best every day and be a great teammate.”


The San Francisco 49ers released Smith on Aug. 7 after being arrested the night before for a hit-and-run and driving under the influence. It was his fifth run-in with the law since 2012.


The 25-year-old Smith also spent the first nine games of last year suspended by the NFL. It’s expected that he will be suspended again at some point for his August arrest.


Despite his off-field issues, the pass-rusher is eligible to play as early as week one and it seems like the Raiders will consider it, depending on his conditioning.


The former-round draft pick (seventh overall) has 44 sacks in 50 regular-season games.

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