The Seattle Seahawks have decided to part ways with edge rusher Aldon Smith. However, it's unclear why did the Seahawks made that move. In April, Smith was arrested for battery. At the start of training camp, Smith didn't want to comment on how could his pending legal case impact his availability this season.
"I can't comment on that right now," Smith said, per ESPN. Smith, who was out of the NFL for four seasons, returned to the league last season after signing with the Dalls Cowboys. "Every day I just try to get better, and as long as I keep that mentality and keep learning and keep developing, the sky is still the limit for me," Smith said at the start of training camp.
"I feel like I still have a lot left in the tank and a lot to offer this game." Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll insisted Aldon made a good first impression. "He's made a good first impression about learning stuff," Carroll said.
"He's a very bright kid. ... He knows what's going on in the game, brings us experience and background and all of that. He's having no trouble picking things up. He's got a real style. He's always had this marvelous length and reach and hands and hand play, and you can just tell, he's got a strength and power to him that's really unusual."
Coach Caroll wanted to give Aldon a chance
"It's going to be very competitive," Carroll said. "I hope you can see it already. It already shows. But once we get into pads, I'm anxious to see where he stands with that."
Smith has had lots of problems with various issues throughout his career. Last season, the Cowboys gave him a chance and he appeared in 16 games. In those 16 games, he recorded five sacks. Smith was asked what did he learn during his time away from the NFL.
"That football is an opportunity that a lot of people don't get, and when you get opportunities in life, you should make the best of them," he said. "There's a lot of people who wish that they could play this game, and I'm glad that I just got a chance to be able to do the things that I needed to do to get mentally right, that I could be in a position that when I came back, I could be focused and give it what I need to give it to play."