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Author: Jon Kuzma
No one seen this coming. The Dallas Cowboys have signed Aldon Smith to a 1-year $4M contract. Smith has missed the past four seasons but there were some brights spots during his career. Back in 2012 Smith recorded 19.5 sacks with the San Francisco 49ers. He was named to the All-Pro team that year and that tells you how talented this guy was. Most players can’t come back after being away from the game for so long. But Smith is cut from a different cloth and more importantly he’s gotten his life together. He’s clean and sober now so that’s been the biggest reason he’s turning things around. Obviously this can be huge for the Cowboys because Smith can be a 10 sacks per year pass rusher.
When you think about how disruptive that will be for opposing offenses then this deal makes sense. With Gerald McCoy, Dontari Poe, and Smith all joining Dallas’ front seven. Mike McCarthy is going against the grain and beefing up his defense. Most offensive coaches play to their strengths. But McCarthy understands the importance of getting stops. The Cowboys shouldn’t have any problems in that area. Especially since Smith could be the Comeback Player of the Year if he’s in top form.
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