“I’m back,” Smith said on Instagram Live. “And there’s nobody who can stop me.”
Here is a clip from the post:
— Jimmy Durkin (@Jimmy_Durkin) February 6, 2017
This video came out soon after NFL insider Ian Rapaport reported that Smith was in-line to return to the Raiders in March. Of course, Smith can not have any more slip-ups in the drug program before then.
Nonetheless, Smith could join the Raiders when their offseason program begins on April 17. The Raiders have OTAs on May 23-25, May 30-June 1 and June 5-8. Plus, Oakland begins mandatory minicamp June 13-15.
Smith, currently serving a year-long suspension for multiple violations of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, re-applied for reinstatement in October. However, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell postponed the decision at the time.
Otherwise, Smith is involved in a lawsuit with the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers have a lawsuit filed against their 2011 No. 7 NFL Draft pick. The lawsuit is seeking $341,630.18, which Smith has to repay under the rules of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, due to Smith serving a nine-game suspension in 2014. Per Pro Football Talk, Smith has already paid $1,186,027.
The 27-year-old was banned from the Raiders’ facility and coaches due to a suspension issued in Nov. of 2015. Smith signed with Oakland before the 2015 season and he played in 10 games in 2015. He has missed Oakland’s last 23 games.
Smith has 47.5 sacks and six forced fumbles in 59 games. If Smith is reinstated, he joins a Raiders defense that ranked last in the NFL in sacks for 2016 with 25 total.