JOHN CLAYTON

Clayton: What Aldon Smith’s charge could mean for his Seahawks future

Apr 19, 2021, 2:41 PM
Seahawks Aldon Smith...
A warrant was issued Sunday in Louisiana for new Seahawks DE Aldon Smith. (Getty)
(Getty)

Aldon Smith’s stint with the Seahawks could be a short one.

What Lockett means by saying Seahawks need to be more adaptable

Three days after signing a one-year contract with the Seahawks, a warrant for the arrest of Smith was issued in Louisiana. Smith is wanted for second-degree battery for an alleged incident Saturday night at the French Press Coffee House in Chalmette, La., which is east of New Orleans.

According to the police, Smith allegedly choked a victim until the victim was unconscious. According to WDSU-TV in New Orleans, the incident is believed to have been caught on camera.

Smith, who was in Seattle last week for a visit and his signing, was out of football from 2016 until 2019 due to numerous off-the-field issues. He was charged with domestic violence, assault and false imprisonment in 2018 and pleaded no contest to a pair of misdemeanor charges to settle the case. He has twice been suspended by the NFL for substance abuse policy violations. In 2015, he was charged with hit-and-run, DUI and vandalism charges.

Last year, Smith had a great comeback with five sacks in 16 games for the Dallas Cowboys. Concerned about the off-the-field issues, however, the Cowboys didn’t re-sign him and he ended up in Seattle.

Everyone is innocent until proven guilty and this case will take some time. First, Smith has to turn himself in to the police, and the police have to determine where the case is heading. Then the NFL and the Seahawks have to make judgements about his football future.

On the football side, signing Smith looked like a great addition for the Seahawks, completing a great run of moves for the team at defensive end.

Seattle was able to re-sign Benson Mayowa and Carlos Dunlap. They added defensive end Kerry Hyder, who says he will try to be the next Michael Bennett. And they have plenty of depth with L.J. Collier, Rasheem Green and Darrell Taylor. Adding Smith seemed to put things over the top to a point that the Seahawks could repeat what they did along the defensive line during their Super Bowl-winning 2013 season when only one lineman played over 50 percent of the snaps.

Ownership might not be able to tolerate Smith’s latest charge, and the fact that it happened two days after signing his contract doesn’t help. The Seahawks are aware of the incident but naturally aren’t going to comment. Things could move quickly regarding Smith’s future with Seattle depending on what happens between Smith and the police.

Follow John Clayton on Twitter.

More from John: Two free-agent DTs Seahawks could potentially sign

The John Clayton Memorial Fund

Benefitting the Multiple Sclerosis Society

The Professor's Notes

John Clayton hosts a daily video breaking down the NFL

John Clayton

John Clayton Memorial Fund...
No Author

John Clayton Memorial Fund benefiting the Multiple Sclerosis Society

Seattle Sports and Bonneville International are honored to announce the “John Clayton Memorial Fund.” The John Clayton Memorial Fund will benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
9 months ago
Seahawks Russell Wilson, DK Metcalf...
John Clayton

Clayton: What’s next for Seahawks after kicking off ‘major’ rebuild

After some major moves, John Clayton breaks down what the next things to watch for with the Seahawks are heading into the new league year.
9 months ago
Seahawks Russell Wilson...
John Clayton

Clayton: Won’t be easy for Seahawks to replace Wilson after surprising trade

After a surprising trade he never thought would happen, John Clayton shares his immediate reaction to the Seahawks' trade of Russell Wilson.
9 months ago
Seahawks Action Green...
John Clayton

Clayton: Why you shouldn’t worry about salary cap with Seahawks this offseason

Seahawks fans and followers are worried about how they can re-sign players and stay under the salary cap. John Clayton says they shouldn't be.
9 months ago
Seahawks Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll...
John Clayton

Clayton: The big news from Seahawks, NFC West as combine begins

Wednesday was a big news day for the Seahawks and the NFC West. John Clayton breaks down what's going on in Seattle's division.
9 months ago
Seahawks Rashaad Penny Russell Wilson Chris Carson...
John Clayton

Clayton: How RBs in NFL Draft should help Seahawks this offseason

The Seahawks should be looking to bring Rashaad Penny back, but a loaded class of running backs is likely to help them in a few ways.
10 months ago
Clayton: What Aldon Smith’s charge could mean for his Seahawks future