By now, you've likely heard about the situation surrounding Aldon Smith.
(If you've been under a rock, you can get caught up here.)
For those that were wondering, he is not subject to waivers.
Aldon Smith is not subject to waivers, contract was terminated. He's now free to sign with another team.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) August 7, 2015
But it's unlikely that the Broncos (or any NFL team) will touch him anytime soon.
Anyone thinking of asking if [your favorite team here] will pick up Aldon Smith, remember he likely faces significant punishment from NFL.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) August 7, 2015
I'm not sure people really realize what Aldon Smith faces here. Football isn't his biggest worry right now. https://t.co/EHO04VddQ5— Frank Schwab (@YahooSchwab) August 7, 2015
Touched base with few GMs - some have taken risks with players - and none seemed ready to pounce on Aldon Smith. NFL investigating incident— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) August 7, 2015
Smith is likely to receive a lengthy suspension from the NFL.
49ers Tomusula: "If there is one person reading this and you're struggling, get help. You're worth it, there is value in every human being."— The Orange Page (@theorangepage) August 7, 2015
Denver's Von Miller says he will be there for Smith.
Von Miller on Aldon Smith: "that's my guy...we're friends before anything else. He's going through a tough time, I'm gonna be there for him"— Brandon Krisztal (@BKDenverSports) August 7, 2015
Miller was selected second overall int he 2011 NFL draft. Smith was selected seventh overall. The two defenders averaged over 11.5 sacks per season over the past four years.
Smith is now without a team, just days after Miller was cleared from the NFL's drug program. Both players had comparable talent, but only one improved his off-field decision making.
Here's hoping Smith can get things back on track like Miller did.