Reggie McKenzie

Raiders sign talented but troubled Aldon Smith

Raiders sign talented but troubled Aldon Smith

On the field, defensive end Aldon Smith is a menace that makes life uncomfortable for opposing teams. But off the field, Smith has made things uncomfortable for his own team.

However, despite his arrest on suspicion of hit and run, drunk driving and vandalism a little more than a month ago, the Oakland Raiders signed Smith to a one-year contract Friday.

The arrest was Smith's fifth run-in with police and third DUI since entering the NFL as the San Francisco 49ers' first round pick in the 2011 draft.

The 49ers released Smith on Aug. 7, the day after his most recent legal incident. But after a recent face-to-face meeting, the Raiders determined Smith to be worthy of the...