McKenzie, though, isn’t above taking a gamble if he believes it can help win games. That strategy blew up in his face with the 2015 signing of Aldon Smith.
Despite the edge rusher’s long history of DUIs, McKenzie signed Smith to a freeagent contract following his latest arrest and subsequent release by San Francisco. Smith was suspended midway through the 2015 campaign because of that incident and hasn’t played since, failing to regain reinstatement by the NFL last year under the league’s substanceabuse policy.
The Raiders stuck with Smith by resigning him in the 2016 offseason. Their faith was not rewarded. Smith had a domestic violence claim filed against him in February and was detained for public intoxication in March after the driver of a car he was in was arrested for suspected DUI following a hitandrun.
Smith remains under contract with the Raiders, but whether he ever takes the field again for the franchise is in serious doubt.
The top quarterbacks were not going to help them with all the problems they had to address. The players they did take were very much what they needed. And after the second round, the quarterbacks in play were not worth the excess drama drafting them would have caused.
Would Webb, Josh Dobbs or Nathan Peterman have made the Jets’ quarterback situation any clearer, more encouraging or less baffling? Would Chad Kelly or Brad Kaaya satisfy anybody? And C.J. Beathard — how excited was anybody about him other than the man who drafted him so high, Kyle Shanahan?
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