The San Francisco 49ers announced that they have exercised their fifth-year option of Aldon Smith worth $9.75 million. This means that if Smith is on the roster at the start of the 2015 season in March then he will be paid his guaranteed money.
The troubled superstar has been a lightning rod for trouble and there were rumors he might be gone stemming from multiple sources including ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Those have turned out to be false, however, and San Franciso is looking to give him another chance.
With all of the trouble surrounding Aldon Smith this past year today was a big day for the future of the San Francisco 49ers franchise. Their option to keep Smith impacts not only this team, but the division and the league as well when it comes to players continually being miscreants for their respective teams.
His troubles include DUI charges in September and felony weapons charges back in October of last year to his most recent charge for making a false bomb threat while at Los Angeles International Airport. He also had a stint in rehab during the middle of the season which forced him to miss quite a few games for the 49ers.
Last year Aldon Smith had a down year, no doubt due to his visit to that rehab visit midway through the season. In 2013 he posted just 34 combined tackles and 8.5 sacks compared to his 2012 season where he had 66 combined tackles and 19.5 sacks, both career highs.