Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks tackle Russell Okung (76) defends against San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith (99) during the first half of the 2013 NFC Championship football game at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 23-17 to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers Will Not Exercise 5th-Year Option on Aldon Smith

The San Francisco 49ers are not expected to pick up the 5th-year option on Aldon Smith, per Adam Schefter. The 49ers had the ability to exercise that option, but will not make that move. Smith is a mess right now and the team doesn’t want to commit to having him on the roster past this season, if they even want to keep him around for this season.

Smith is facing three felony gun charges as well as a DUI charge that forced him to go into rehab last season. He also had that crazy story of reporting a false bomb threat at LA International Airport that got him arrested as well.

Smith needs to get his act together. He is falling apart at the seams. All kinds of legal issues are creeping up on him and all that extra baggage could have him sitting on the sideline for a good amount of time. Teams are not going to want to invest in someone that can’t get his act right.

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  • RegisHawk

    It costs them nothing to exercise the option. They can cut him later. The money is only guaranteed under 2 conditions:

    1 – Injury – he would basically have to sustain an injury that would last into the 2015 season (like Crabs had).
    2 – If he’s on the roster on the Monday of Week 1 of the 2015 season.

    I’m more interested in watching the political positioning play out. Clearly, the 49ers are hoping Goodell hands down punishment before the 5/3 deadline, so they can use it in their considerations. I doubt he’ll do anything before the 4/29 court date, though. If that gets put off, the 49ers will have to commit with no clue as to the eventual outcome.