National Football League conditionally reinstates Aldon Smith

Aldon Smith

Aldon Smith

As first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, Smith has been conditionally reinstated by the league, and will be able to take part in offseason activities with the Dallas Cowboys.

The 30-year-old was an instant star when he entered the National Football League in 2011, registering 33.5 sacks in his first 32 games for the San Francisco 49ers and earning first-team All-Pro honours in 2012. He signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys in April. When he reports for training camp, he will receive $100,000, then another $100,000 after two preseason games and another $100,000 at the end of the preseason.

Smith will earn a $910,000 base salary and $40,625 every time he is on the active game-day roster, totaling $650,000. There are also major statistical performance benchmarks, maxing out at $2 million if he reaches 14 sacks.

The seventh overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, Smith ranked second in the NFL with 19.5 sacks with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012. Asked about what it will be like to get back on the field after being suspended for over four seasons, Smith said that situation has "played in my head".

The Cowboys still have a suspended pass rusher under contract in Randy Gregory, who is seeking reinstatement.

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Tomsula was one of the first additions to McCarthy's staff after Mike Nolan was named Dallas' defensive coordinator. They lost last season's leader in sacks, Robert Quinn, who had 11.5, in free agency to the Chicago Bears.

Outside of Pro Bowler DeMarcus Lawrence, the Cowboys have no real proven pass rushers and could use a boost from Smith.

"We are very happy for Alden and wish him all the luck in the world and a successful resumption of his career", Schaffer said.

In November 2018, Smith pleaded no contest to charges of false imprisonment and violating a court order after he originally faced misdemeanour charges of domestic violence, assault with force likely to produce bodily injury, false imprisonment and vandalism stemming from an alleged domestic-violence incident.

Smith, who had been suspended since 2015 for violation of the NFL's personal conduct and substance abuse policies, discussed his reinstatement during an interview with TMZ Sports.

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