The Seahawks started Day Ten of training camp with an unexpected roster move.
The team released defensive end Aldon Smith and signed linebacker Lakiem Williams a Tacoma native. Smith’s release is a bit of a surprise because he was expected to bring some quality and depth on the defensive line. The signing of Smith was always somewhat risky.
The first four years of Smith’s career were with the 49ers and Aldon shined and proved he was a legitimate NFL star. Unable to contain his demons Smith saw his career take a downward spiral and saw which switch to the Oakland Raiders for the 2015 season. The change of scenery was not enough to contain the demons. Smith was handed a four-year suspension from the league.
Suppression of his demons saw Smith return to the NFL in 2020 with Dallas and start all 16 games with the Cowboys. A mutual parting of the ways between the Cowboys and Smith opened the door for the Seahawks to sign Smith in hopes of bolstering the pass rush.
The Seahawks signed Smith in April and soon after an arrest warrant was issued for his arrest on allegations of second-degree battery in the New Orleans area. With a pending arraignment scheduled Smith reported to the Hawks training camp and all seemed well until news of his release on Wednesday. It is unclear why the Seahawks released Smith.