NFL teams have been working hard to fill in potential gaps in their game plays before the season commences. With NFL players traded and transferred left and right, finding out that a notably promising star has already been snapped up is no big surprise. Such is not the case for Aldon Smith, however, as the linebacker still struggles to find a locker room eager to welcome him.
While Smith is a notable NFL star - with him being one of the chosen few included in the first-round draft pick in 2011, his activities outside the football field have landed him in hot waters one too many times. Years following his entry to the San Francisco 49ers locker room, the NFL team finally decided to let him go after finding out about his involvement in a hit and run accident earlier this year. Apart from this latest issue, Smith's name has been linked to a number of incidents involving the police. This latest stint, however, appears to be the final straw for the 49ers.
As the saying goes though, "One man's trash is another man's treasure," it looks like letting go of Smith could spell out victory for other NFL teams on the lookout for notable linebackers. According to Pro Football Talk, the scarcity of outstanding pass rushers in the NFL might push other coaches and general managers to look pass Smith's indiscretions and sign him just the same. To illustrate this point, the report cited that a number of NFL teams could prove to be a match with Smith's talents. With the right combination, the former 49ers star might even emerge as a key player for one team to bag the Super Bowl trophy this season.
The NFL teams that could prove to be good fits for Smith include the Seattle Seahawks and the St. Louis Cardinals. Even the pegged contenders for the NFC, such as the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons. Meanwhile, AFC teams, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots, could also benefit from Smith's skills.
Although Smith's talent could not be utilized up until late this NFL season, the ex-49ers could serve as a secret weapon for his next team. According to Bleacher Report, the New York Giants appear to be the most interested in taking in Smith. Sources believe that the talent of Smith could be the best thing for the Giants at time point as the New York team is in dire need of a great pass rusher.
With Smith's future still up in the air, the future of Ryan Groy is now guaranteed. In a report Kevin Patra of NFL, the New England Patriots just signed the undrafted free agent on Monday in an effort to strengthen the offensive line of the said NFL team. Prior to landing a spot in the New England Patriots roster, Groy played as an offensive guard for the Chicago Bears.
In addition to Groy, the New England Patriots signed two rookies to their NFL team, namely, Tony Creecy and Logan Stokes. The press release revealed that Creecy is a running back while Stokes plays as a tight end. The move saw the departure of tight end Mason Brodine and linebacker Chris White. Prior to signing with the New England Patriots, Brodine played for the Oakland Raiders. As for White, the linebacker was originally drafted by Buffalo then traded to Detroit before joining the New England NFL team.