Dumping Aldon Smith now is an empty gesture by Raiders

The Raiders dumped Aldon Smith Monday, a mostly cosmetic move that would have been moot on March 14 when the troubled linebacker would be an unrestricted free agent.

Mind you, Smith hasn’t been involved with the team since 2015 other than the ability to avail himself of support staff as he’s served an indefinite suspension for a list of serious transgressions.

Yet let’s not paint the Raiders as paragons of virtue for a symbolic release a day after he was sought by San Francisco police in a domestic violence case and instead reportedly checked himself into rehab.

This is not a defense of Aldon Smith, who has deserved the punishment meted out by the NFL. The Raiders gambled by signing Smith after he was released by the 49ers, and it was a gamble that didn’t pay off.

The first time Smith met the media in the Raiders’ locker room, he didn’t come off as a guy who was trying to put his mistakes behind him. He instead exuded the petulance of someone who thought he’d been done wrong by the 49ers.

In the end, the fallout for the Raiders, as opposed to the 49ers, was minimal. Smith played in nine games with seven starts. The Raiders paid next to nothing and got next to nothing, and Smith’s presence on a suspended list didn’t exactly rock

Article source: https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/03/05/dumping-aldon-smith-now-would-be-an-empty-gesture-by-raiders/

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