There’s no guarantee the Raiders will see Aldon Smith in 2016

AP

Yes, the Raiders have re-signed pass rusher Aldon Smith. No, it doesn’t change the fact that he remains under suspension.

Widely characterized as a one-year suspension, Smith technically has been banished with the opportunity to reapply for reinstatement one year after his suspension began on November 17, 2015. With, as recently noted in connection with the league’s lingering failure to rule on the reinstatement petition of Browns receiver Josh Gordon, the NFL under no obligation to move swiftly or at all, there’s no reason to believe that Smith definitely will be reinstated one year after the suspension began — even if he dots every “i” and crosses every “t” during his time away from the game.

The decision of the Raiders to sign Smith while he’s suspended is admirable, giving him reason to stay on the straight and narrow in the hopes of getting the green light to return. But Smith ultimately will do nothing for the Raiders until the league reinstates him, and that will happen no sooner than the middle of November. It also could happen a lot later than that, too.

46 responses to “There’s no guarantee the Raiders will see Aldon Smith in 2016

  1. The players union sucks, they not even trying to speak on Gordon’s behalf, bet they have no problem collecting dues tho’….

  2. Maybe the Raiders should sign Johnny Busto Manziel, too. That way Smith would have someone to keep him company.

  3. Aldon and Kaepernick in the news for the wrong reasons. Seemed like such a brilliant call by Harbaugh to take Smith instead of Gabbert in 2011 draft then get their QB in round two. Now, not so much.

  4. maybe he should go about it the Tom Brady/Greg Hardy way, and just sue the nfl for not allowing him to play. After all the Santa Clara DA has not prosecuted him with anything……so please tell me why he is suspended at all. who knows maybe he will play week 1 if he appeals it.

  5. While my personal opinion on Gordon’s suspension is it’s absolute chicken$hite for a grown man to be suspended for consuming a perfectly legal substance, beer, when he was technically on probation for using an illegal substance, marijuana, I’ll bet a years dues that the NFLPA has done more than anyone would for a hoe.

  6. The NFL needs to fix this injustice , it’s terrible. If your suspended for 1 year, you should be eligible to play after the year is up. If he breaks the law again he will be suspended for that offence.

  7. The Raider’s would not sign him if they did not talk to the League and NFLPA in advance. They have to believe there is a realistic protocol to be met in order for Smith to return in November. If not based on those protocols, thee team must have an out with this contract, sparing little to no cost to them in dead money etc.

  8. It was widely reported if Smith checked all his boxes during his suspension ala passing every random drug/alcohol test and have no run ins with the law that he could apply for reinstatement after week 2. Roger Goodell would review his case while hes still suspended giving hope he could be reinstated the day his suspension has been fully served.

  9. gofor2with3pointlead says:
    Apr 4, 2016 7:49 PM

    While my personal opinion on Gordon’s suspension is it’s absolute chicken$hite for a grown man to be suspended for consuming a perfectly legal substance, beer, when he was technically on probation for using an illegal substance, marijuana, I’ll bet a years dues that the NFLPA has done more than anyone would for a hoe.

    I think the problem with him drinking was that he was currently in the NFL substance abuse program and wasn’t supposed to be drinking alcohol while he was in the program. The drinking wasn’t the problem–it violated the guidelines from his suspension from the DUI.

  10. mazenblue says:

    Unions ruin everything. So do criminals.
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    You speak as if they’re different.

  11. gofor2with3pointlead says:

    While my personal opinion on Gordon’s suspension is it’s absolute chicken$hite for a grown man to be suspended for consuming a perfectly legal substance, beer, when he was technically on probation for using an illegal substance, marijuana
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    You must be a millennial. Gordon’s problems were caused by his own actions.

  12. rrhoe
    Apr 4, 2016, 7:30 PM EDT

    The players union sucks, they not even trying to speak on Gordon’s behalf, bet they have no problem collecting dues tho’….

    And that’s a perfect example of what is wrong with society today. Don’t blame the person who got himself in trouble, blame the system. So sick of people having sympathy for people who screw up. Maybe if he wasn’t such an idiot and got himself in trouble to begin with you wouldn’t have to defend him and blame other people.

  13. As long as he’s ready for the playoff run. OMG, did I just say that? Yup!

  14. r8dernation says:
    Apr 4, 2016 9:40 PM
    As long as he’s ready for the playoff run. OMG, did I just say that? Yup!

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    Get to 8-8 first.

  15. What did the Raiders have to lose?

    If he is reinstated, then they get a good player back in time for a playoff run.

    If he isn’t, then nothing was lost.

  16. slick50ks says:
    Apr 4, 2016 10:01 PM
    He won’t be there, and no one will notice.

    Nobody spends stupid money like the fade

    Right like all that smart money you guys have been paying Justin Houston. Thanks for Sean Smith and Big Rodney Hudson RN4L

  17. boyso3 says:
    Apr 4, 2016 9:39 PM
    rrhoe
    Apr 4, 2016, 7:30 PM EDT

    The players union sucks, they not even trying to speak on Gordon’s behalf, bet they have no problem collecting dues tho’….

    And that’s a perfect example of what is wrong with society today. Don’t blame the person who got himself in trouble, blame the system. So sick of people having sympathy for people who screw up. Maybe if he wasn’t such an idiot and got himself in trouble to begin with you wouldn’t have to defend him and blame other people.

    Amen. The generation of implied benefits. “I DEMAND (respect, latitude due to my position at birth, 5 more chances because I’m athletic). My generation was taught that respect is earned. It’s not given. Having guns and hitting females is something that doesn’t guarantee or demand respect. Fear of you doesn’t mean I respect you. Your actions determine my respect. Respect is NOT a right, it’s a privilege that is earned.

  18. nyneal says:
    Apr 4, 2016 7:35 PM
    Maybe the Raiders should sign Johnny Busto Manziel, too. That way Smith would have someone to keep him company.
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    NY Jets Neal? Hurts the way we stomped you but we have Derek Carr, one of the better QB’s in the league, dont be jealous.

    NY Giants Neal? Same same. Raiders are better now, Giants are not.

  19. nflfolly says:
    Apr 4, 2016 8:41 PM
    Typical pathetic Raiders move.
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    Actually it is a great move, you are special kind of dumb.

  20. radrntn says:
    Apr 4, 2016 7:46 PM
    maybe he should go about it the Tom Brady/Greg Hardy way, and just sue the nfl for not allowing him to play.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Tom Brady has never sued.

    He appealed to the NFL-not a court. Goodell appointed himself arbiter in the appeal and took Brady’s sworn testimony. He lied about the sworn testimony and used his own lies as a basis for his punishment. The LEAGUE then brought their own decision to court to have it re-affirmed. They lost and have now appealed.

  21. Raider fans crack me up. They had no qualms about throwing shade when he was a niner now that he’s a raider he’s a choir boy given a bad wrap. Dudes not suspended for drinking alcohol. He’s suspended because he got ARRESTED for 3rd time after already being suspended for 9 weeks.

  22. Its an incentive laden contract which allows him to practically double his income if he returns to his form form the 49’ers when he was one of the most feared pass rushers in the league.

    Between he, Mack and Irvin, QB’s will be lucky to last the whole game uninjured and not knocked out of the game. Every passing play is going to be a nail biter and it is going to be a lot of fun to watch.

    haters gonna hate. Suck lemons..

  23. rrhoe
    Apr 4, 2016, 7:30 PM EDT

    And that’s a perfect example of what is wrong with society today. Don’t blame the person who got himself in trouble, blame the system. So sick of people having sympathy for people who screw up. Maybe if he wasn’t such an idiot and got himself in trouble to begin with you wouldn’t have to defend him and blame other people.

    Amen. The generation of implied benefits. “I DEMAND (respect, latitude due to my position at birth, 5 more chances because I’m athletic). My generation was taught that respect is earned. It’s not given. Having guns and hitting females is something that doesn’t guarantee or demand respect. Fear of you doesn’t mean I respect you. Your actions determine my respect. Respect is NOT a right, it’s a privilege that is earned.

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    Excellent post. You could not be more right. I am sick of these athletes getting in trouble and people making excuses for them.
    If people would stop making excuses for guys like Smith and start demanding they obey the law, we’d all be better off.

  24. thebillscouldeventuallymove says:

    …Right like all that smart money you guys have been paying Justin Houston. Thanks for Sean Smith and Big Rodney Hudson…
    —————————————————–
    Yeah that’s EXACTLY right.
    Houston – Chiefs single season sack record; NFL Sack Leader 2014; Deacon Jones Award 2014; 1st team All-Pro; & 4x Pro-Bowler
    Hudson – Highest paid Center in the NFL; Zero Pro-Bowls; No awards
    Smith – Avg player that almost doubled his salary; Zero Pro-Bowls; No awards.

    In summary it appears that Slick is correct. At least in these two cases the Raiders have overpaid average talent. And for that kind of money you’re welcome.

  25. He’s a nonviolent offender, who cares….. Enjoy watching the Raiders smash your team this year 🙂

  26. Hahaha Raiders fans.. as delusional as ever… Take your medicine! Go Broncos!

  27. radrntn says:
    Apr 4, 2016 7:46 PM

    maybe he should go about it the Tom Brady/Greg Hardy way, and just sue the nfl for not allowing him to play. After all the Santa Clara DA has not prosecuted him with anything……so please tell me why he is suspended at all. who knows maybe he will play week 1 if he appeals it.
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    Smith agreed to not appeal the suspension.

  28. jjackwagon says:

    Yeah that’s EXACTLY right.
    Houston – Chiefs single season sack record; NFL Sack Leader 2014; Deacon Jones Award 2014; 1st team All-Pro; & 4x Pro-Bowler
    Hudson – Highest paid Center in the NFL; Zero Pro-Bowls; No awards
    Smith – Avg player that almost doubled his salary; Zero Pro-Bowls; No awards.

    In summary it appears that Slick is correct. At least in these two cases the Raiders have overpaid average talent. And for that kind of money you’re welcome.
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    The Pro Bowl is a sham, and awards are important if your team hasn’t even sniffed a Super Bowl in 45 years, I guess. KC’s defense got a lot better after Smith returned from suspension. Why do you think Peters got so many picks? He saw a lot of action. Hudson is better than average, and Smith got market value at a position of need. We ain’t complaining. And Morse played well last year for you guys, so Hudson was not really missed.

  29. @ raiderapologist
    One team hasn’t sniffed a SB in 45 years, the other hasn’t won a SB in 30 or had a winning record in 15…isn’t that like arguing over who is the tallest midget?
    I agree that Hudson & Smith are above average. However Hudson is not the best Center in the league so why is he paid as the best Center in the league?
    Smith went from 6 mil per yr to 10. Again overpaid.
    The accomplishments of others are always labeled as “overrated” by those that are unable or unwilling to acheive them. Please use whatever unit of measure you would like.

  30. And the haters have something to hold on to. The Raiders on the other hand will be holding on to their 4th Lombardi very soon
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    Laughable! Hey, Homer Nation, try getting to 8-8 just once, k? Rock on Toad Man Reggie. You are 16-48 with a bullet! LOL!

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