Just a few days later the Seahawks have signed pass-rusher Aldon smith, there are already complications. Smith is wanted in New Orleans on a second-degree battery charge, WDSU’s Travers Mackel tweets.

The sheriff’s office bulletin says Smith is wanted for an alleged battery that occurred on April 17 at the French Press Coffee House. It’s an unfortunate development for Smith, who just returned to the field last season after many years of problems off the field. Seventh overall pick in the 2011 Draft by the 49ers, Smith became an instant star and racked up 19.5 sacks while winning a first-team All-Pro nod in 2012.

Things unfolded fairly quickly after that, as Smith was hit with a series of suspensions for various addiction and legal issues. After not playing a game since the 2015 season, he was unlikely to make it back to the NFL with the Cowboys last year.

He had five sacks and one fumble recovery touchdown in 16 games with Dallas. The Seahawks had been interested for some time, as they tried to negotiate for him at the trade deadline. It is not known if their interest is strong enough to support this latest incident.

Based on details that are sure to be released shortly, it wouldn’t be surprising if Seattle chose to cut ties and not face the headache. Smith will be 32 in September.