Aldon Smith’s career with the Seattle Seahawks has come to an end before it ever really began. NFL Network insider Mike Garafolo broke the news this Wednesday that Smith has been released from the team.
The Seahawks signed Smith to a one-year contract in April. He was then arrested for alleged second-degree battery in the New Orleans area just a few days after that signing became official.
Despite his situation away from the gridiron, Smith received a lot of support from Seattle’s coaching staff. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll even said that he was going to stand by Smith.
“We’ve been very upfront about our willingness to support, the efforts that we’ve made to organize the time that he’s been here, to make use of the support that he already brings with him,” Carroll said, via ProFootballTalk. “He knows what he’s into, he knows what this is all about. And so, we’re gonna be there for him, we’re gonna look after him—he’s one of us. So he’s gonna get everything we’ve got, every step of the way.”
Something must have changed over the past few days for the Seahawks to release Smith before the preseason opener.
The #Seahawks are releasing Aldon Smith, source says.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 11, 2021
Smith began his NFL career with such promise, registering 44 sacks in his first four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to stay on the field due to countless off-field issues.
The Dallas Cowboys gave Smith a chance to revitalize his career in 2020. He actually played very well for someone who didn’t take an official snap for four years, as he had 48 tackles, five sacks and two passes defended.
It’s fair to wonder if Smith will get another chance to redeem himself in the NFL.