The fact that Aldon Smith has found a new team is not sitting well with Greg Hardy.
The Oakland Raiders re-signed the suspended pass-rusher on Monday to a two-year contract, despite a string of legal issues over the past few years.
Smith, 26, is currently serving a yearlong suspension that was handed down in November when he violated the NFL's substance-abuse policy. In September, Smith pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run, drunken driving and vandalism, charges that stemmed from an alleged Aug. 6 incident. He will be eligible for reinstatement in September.
The former No.7 overall pick finished last season with 3.5 sacks in nine games and has 47.5 sacks in 59 career games. The Raiders are certainly taking a chance, but they have faith that Smith is turning his life around.
"I think in his heart he's a good young man," Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said of Smith during the NFL owners meetings in March. "I feel like all of us, we can all work to be better, and in my time around him, I enjoyed being around him. Good teammate. Good to be around. He's a good kid."
According to Bleacher Report, Hardy is "upset" at the fact that Smith was signed to a new contact before he was. Hardy was suspended the first four games of 2015 after he was convicted on domestic violence charges.
The Dallas Cowboys then signed Hardy to a one-year, incentive laden contract. In 12 games with the Cowboys, the pass-rusher recorded six sacks.
His time in Dallas was met with controversy, as he fought with teammates, was late for team practices and meetings, and also partied excessively.
Apparently Hardy believes he deserves a second chance as well. Whether a team will be willing to take on his baggage has yet to be seen.
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