This one shouldn’t even have to be justified, but in the spirit of leaving no stone unturned I have seen fans hoping that troubled stud San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith is released so the Philadelphia Eagles can finally sign the pass-rusher they’ve clearly been trying to find since head coach Chip Kelly was hired. Smith, was recently arrested for claiming he had a bomb at LAX airport after being randomly selected for further screening. Even with that out of the way, there’s still chatter about it.
…but he fills a need!
Lest we forget the Philadelphia Eagles just released a player on grounds that are still unclear but were far less serious in the grand scheme of your locker room than what Smith did. Depending on who you ask, it was strictly a financial decision, which seems rash and would be unwarranted given the Eagles were not severely hurting for money before releasing him. Others claim it had to do with Jackson possibly associating with less-than-ideal buddies and posting pictures on Instagram of “gang signs” (which was directly refuted by Jackson), and without a definitive reasoning from the team it remains unclear.
Still, none of these potential reasons involve arrests or felony charges (of which Smith was charged with three last November for possession of illegal assault weapons). It’s not that the Eagles aren’t a tolerant organization, and it’s also important to note that this is the same team that gave ex-con quarterback Michael Vick a chance out of prison where others wouldn’t dare. Aldon Smith might be exactly what the Eagles need, but bringing a player who has proven to be talented-and-undependable is of no benefit to Philadelphia.
Chip Kelly and general manager Howie Roseman are all about good character and being team players, and Smith has not displayed the maturity to be capable of either in his career. I hope he is able to sort out his issues and remain the top tier linebacker that he has proven to be, but if the 49ers end up moving on there’s no logical reason the Philadelphia Eagles would even consider him. It would go against everything Kelly has tried so hard to build in his short time here, and would end up causing more harm than good if the current trends continue.