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Raiders GM: Aldon Smith part of Raiders’ long-term plans

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Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is not backing off his decision to bring in troubled pass rusher Aldon Smith, despite the high risk, saying that he is a part of the teams future, according to Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area

The Raiders general manager said the team did plenty of homework on the 2011 PFWA Rookie of the Year. In the end, it decided that his on-field potential outweighed the risk of any potential off-field issues. In addition, the McKenzie cited the idea of bringing Smith in as part of the Raider family with an obligation to help him find the right path.

“We did a lot of research on that,” McKenzie said via “At the end of the day, when we decided we were going to go after him, we wanted to let him join the family and help him in any kind of way we can. That’s what we’re doing.”

That’s the same sentiment the San Francisco 49ers expressed throughout his tenure across the bay.  However, a third DUI arrest during the 2015 offseason caused the team to release him, thus giving the Raiders an opportunity to sign one of the best players in  the game when he’s fully engaged. 

The former Mizzou star is playing in 2015 on an incentive-laden, $1.25 million base salary that could earn him up to as much as $8 million.In six games, Smith has collected 18 tackles and 1.5 sacks in addition to three passes defended. The Raiders host the New York Jets on Nov. 1. 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.


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