Another incident for Aldon Smith
Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith last played an NFL game in 2015. It’s looking more an more like that will be the last NFL game he ever plays.
Via multiple reports, Smith has been involved in another off-field situation. As explained by NBC Sports California, Smith was involved in a domestic violence incident on Saturday night. Police currently are searching for him.
Per Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, Jerry Richardson will skip the event again, sending COO Tina Becker to the meeting to speak in his place instead.
That’s firmly #asexpected, as Richardson has avoided league meetings for the last several years, other than an appearance at a spring meeting which happened to be in Charlotte.
He has taken a back seat in league matters anyway, stepping away from all the committees he previously served on. But the ongoing league investigation of his workplace misconduct (which sparked his quick decision to sell the team) didn’t do anything to encourage him to travel.
Owners are expected to get an update from someone involved with the team on the status of the sale talks. The latest name to emerge, according to a report from the Observer, is Canadian steel magnate Alan Kestenbaum. He joins Steelers minority partner David Tepper, South Carolina businessman Ben Navarro, and Philadelphia e-commerce investor Michael Rubin.
Still, the clock is ticking, in two ways. First, as of next Monday, Brees officially can entertain offers from other teams. Second, as of next Wednesday, the $18 million in dead money remaining from his most recent extension hits the cap for 2018; an extension is needed in order to keep the charge for bonuses paid in the past at $6 million this year, $6 million next year, and $6 million in 2020.
Condon surely has learned during his discussions with other teams whether other teams would like to make a run at Brees and, if so, what another team would pay.
Not surprisingly, there have been no leaks about other teams being interested in Brees. With the Saints intent on keeping him, and with Brees supposedly intent on staying, there’s no reason to get a fan base excited about the possibility of a first-ballot Hall of Famer joining the chase for a championship. But any team thinking about paying big money to Kirk Cousins should be thinking about paying the same, if not more, to Brees one of the best quarterbacks of all time and a guy who has proven time and again that he can move the ball consistently and effectively.