Written by Winning Willie
The offseason for the Dallas Cowboys continues to get better and better. They signed former 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith earlier during free agency. Now the NFL has officially reinstated him and he will be able to play.
Aldon Smith hasn't seen any gametime action since 2015. This leads many, including myself, to question how much of an impact he can bring to the team. Dallas could certainly use some help on the defensive side of the ball after seeing their sack leader from last season Robert Quinn head out via free agency.
Smith has had his rounds with off the field issues, but he seems to have matured since being banned from the league. If the 30 year old Mississippi native can avoid issues away from the game and he still has some gas left in the tank, then the Dallas Cowboys will look like geniuses for picking him up.
However, I sadly don't think this will be the case. Aldon Smith will surely bring a veteran presence of some sorts to the locker room and he will be able to serve as a mentor for younger players if he is unable to contribute in-game. The good news is that he doesn't have extremely high expectations, and who knows, maybe Smith can help lead Dallas to a solid season defensively.