Aldon Smith says he’s better man, seeks revival with Cowboys

Aldon Smith
FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2015, file photo, Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith (99) sits on the bench during the second half of the team's NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Oakland, Calif. The Dallas Cowboys are taking a chance on another suspended defensive end, signing Aldon Smith to a contract while his playing status in the NFL is up in the air. A person with direct knowledge of the deal said Smith signed Wednesday, April 1, 2020. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the signing hadn't been announced. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

By SCHUYLER DIXON, the Associated Press

Dallas defensive end Aldon Smith says he’s a better man and is confident he can be an elite pass rusher again after being suspended from the NFL for nearly five years. The 30-year-old was reinstated last week after signing a one-year deal with the Cowboys in April. Smith was a rising star in San Francisco when a litany of legal troubles began after the 2012 season. Oakland released him two years ago amid allegations of domestic violence. Smith says a conversation with his ailing grandmother before she died helped turn him around.

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