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Oakland Raiders sign controversial linebacker Aldon Smith

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The Oakland Raiders are a team in rebuild phase right now and are centering the franchise around a core of talented young players.

The Raiders have drafted excellently in the past two years, bringing in exciting wide receiver Amari Cooper, potential franchise quarterback Derek Carr, and linebacker Khalil Mack - who is fighting with Odell Beckham Jr. for the title of best player out of the 2014 Draft.

And now the Raiders have taken a big step to making their defense better, by signing controversial Pro Bowler Aldon Smith.


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Smith Signs

According to a tweet from Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, the Raiders have brought the troubled former star in on a one-year deal.

In a surprise move, just days before the start of the regular season - and on the same day he was charged with three misdemeanors for an incident last month - the pass rush-needy Raiders signed the former 49ers star.

Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio seemed very excited to be getting Smith - why wouldn't he - and is hoping that the Pro Bowler can finally become settled and stay on the right side of the law.

"Aldon is an extremely talented young player," Del Rio said after the signing. "We welcome him to the Raiders family and expect him to bring his best every day and be a great teammate."

Three Misdemeanors

According to ProFootballTalk, Smith faces charges of DUI with prior conviction and refusal to submit to chemical test, hit-and-run, and vandalism. Smith denies being under the influence.

Smith could make his debut for the Raiders on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, depending on his fitness and if the NFL decide to suspend him.

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