The Oakland Raiders signed free agent Aldon Smith a week before the 2015 NFL season not knowing what his future may hold because of an offseason arrest after previous offseason problems. As it turned out, the Raiders had Smith until November when the NFL suspended him for one calendar year.
After missing training camp, Smith was inconsistent to begin the year's first three games, but he began to catch some momentum the next two weeks - in weeks four and five, he had three sacks combined.
In all, the veteran pass rusher finished with 28 tackles and 3.5 sacks in nine games played with the Raiders.
The Raiders have already lost veteran Justin Tuck to retirement, which could make Smith a bigger priority to re-sign in order to pair oustanding linebacker Khalil Mack with another pass-rusher.
The problem lies in the fact that the Raiders will not be able to get him back, nor keep him on the team, until November of 2016 when his year-long suspension is over. Smith also cannot participate in any of the team's offseason activities, but can apply for reinstatement in September.
While it isn't known whether the Radiers will bring him back, general manager Reggie McKenzie seemed to like what he saw from Smith during his short stint in the Silver & Black.
“Aldon has been a positive addition to the Raiders. He remains prominently in our long-term plans and we will continue to support this member of our family as he gets the help that he needs.”