Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has worked hard to build up the Raiders trenches this offseason, already signing key pieces both on defense and offense. Now, it appears he is bringing back one of last year's key pieces.
ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Raiders have a deal in place to re-sign Aldon Smith.
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.
Smith has to sit out 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.
Smith paired up with third-year linebacker Khalil Mack and newly-signed Raider Bruce Irvin could be a tough matchup for opposing teams.