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Raiders signing Aldon Smith, he is eligible to play vs Bengals

Aldon Smith is one of the NFL's best pass-rushers when he's not in trouble with the law.

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The Oakland Raiders are making a huge signing ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals.

According to Jason Cole of the Bleacher Report, Oakland is signing former San Francisco 49ers star Aldon Smith. That means Smith won't have to travel far for his next NFL home after being cut by the 49ers this offseason after the latest of his many mishaps.

After news broke last month that Smith was arrested for a DUI, the 49ers wasted no time in cutting Smith, one of the NFL's most talented-but-troubled players. He was also arrested for a hit and run and vandalism charges in that incident.

In Smith's first two NFL seasons, he accounted for 33.5 sacks, but has just 10.5 sacks over the past two seasons while missing 14 games due to injury or suspension for other arrests he's had since being the No. 7 pick of the 2011 NFL Draft.

As a rookie in 2011, Smith was named Defensive Rookie of the Year by Pro Football Writers of America, and finished second to Von Miller for the Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.

In 2012, Smith broke one of Reggie White's many NFL records by recording 31.5 sacks in his first two seasons. His 19.5 sacks that year also topped Fred Dean's 49ers franchise record of 17.5 sacks in one season.

Back in 2012, Smith was arrested on suspicion of DUI, a charge that was later reduced to reckless driving. Later that year, he faced three felony weapons charges after a June 2012 party at his home resulted in several shots being fired and two people injured. Smith pleaded not guilty, and the weapons charges were later reduced. Smith was arrested and charged with DUI again after a car accident in September 2013 and missed five games that season.

Smith could be facing a potential season-long suspension from the NFL, but he will be able to play until that decision is announced. Even if the NFL doesn't suspend him before Sunday, it's a rare a player is signed off the street and then goes on to play in a regular-season game two days later.