Signing of Aldon Smith creates a stir among Raiders’ fan base

Friday’s signing of troubled pass-rushing specialist Aldon smith created quite a stir among fans of the Oakland Raiders.

The fact that Smith agreed to a one-year deal with Oakland only five weeks after he was released by the Bay Area rival San Francisco 49ers following his fifth arrest since 2012 did nothing to quell the buzz among long-suffering Raider followers.

Despite Smith’s checkered past, Oakland fans took to Twitter to praise the move while dreaming of a potentially lethal pass rush featuring Smith on one edge opposite up-and-coming star Khalil Mack, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2014 draft. 

The once-proud franchise has not had a winning season since capturing the AFC West Division with an 11-5 mark in 2002.

Sure enough, though, the good vibes did not last long. Within hours of the team’s official announcement of Smith’s signing came the news that the Santa Clara District Attorney’s office charged Smith with three misdemeanors related to his most recent arrest.

Smith, who was suspended by the NFL for nine games in 2014, will be arraigned on Oct. 6 and is likely staring at another ban, prompting more tweets questioning the timing and the astuteness of the signing.

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