Aldon Smith had ‘mutual interest’ in AFC team before signing with Cowboys
Aldon Smith is trying to revive his NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys, but there was another team that tried to land the former All-Pro. According to Mike Klis of 9News, the veteran linebacker had ‘mutual interest’ with the Denver Broncos before signing with the Cowboys.
With Dallas, Smith signed a one-year deal worth $4 million, which included $2 million in incentives. Prior to that, the Broncos attempted to offer Smith a deal that would be incentive-driven. However, Denver’s offer wasn’t able to rival the one that the Cowboys gave to the 30-year-old sack specialist.
The Broncos were interested in Smith due to Vic Fangio being his former defensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers. In addition, Smith has maintained a close relationship with Von Miller — who was selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft along with the former.
Before striking a deal with the Cowboys, Smith had spent four seasons out of the NFL due to off-the-field issues. But early in his career with the 49ers, he was a dominant force off of the edge.
As a matter of fact, the Missouri product accumulated a whopping 33.5 sacks in his first two seasons. That was the most sacks a player has ever recorded in their first two seasons in NFL history.
While he isn’t going to be that same player, Smith is focused on proving that he can still play. After sending time to clean his image off of the field, Smith is going to be on it with the Cowboys in 2020. At the same time, Smith nearly joined the Broncos, possibly a lethal trio with Miller and Bradley Chubb.