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49ers are paying Aldon Smith’s salary while he’s in rehab


When a player lands on the non-football injury/illness list, the team isn’t required to pay his salary.

For 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith, the team will still be issuing the checks.

Though it’s unclear how long the 49ers will continue to pay Smith, a league source tells PFT that Smith has been paid for the first game missed during to his absence from the team.

He can remain on the NFI list indefinitely, and he doesn’t count against the team’s 53-man roster.  Some league insiders have suggested that this procedure could invite abuses elsewhere.  Keep in mind, however, that the Commissioner must approve the use of the NFI designation in these circumstances.  If a team tries to take advantage of it, the league likely would block the move.

It’s not known when Smith will return to the 49ers.  Most in-patient rehab programs last roughly a month.

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32 Responses to “49ers are paying Aldon Smith’s salary while he’s in rehab”
  1. beardinals says: Sep 27, 2013 3:48 PM

    SF can’t seem to do anything right in this case. I’d love to have a paid vacation for as long as I like.

  2. kaprajan says: Sep 27, 2013 3:49 PM

    They are letting Aldon know they want him for the future and him getting treatment is a setback for the future he will have with San Francisco. Smart and respectful move.

  3. hart089 says: Sep 27, 2013 3:50 PM

    Hope you get better Aldon. Too much talent to waste it in a bottle

  4. scaredhitless says: Sep 27, 2013 3:52 PM

    “WTF!” – Von Miller

  5. nygiantstones says: Sep 27, 2013 4:03 PM

    I’m sure if they didnt pay him they would be breaking some kind of CA state law and this cheaper than a lawsuit they’d lose.

  6. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 27, 2013 4:08 PM

    How would he be able to afford his booze and cheech and chong if they stopped paying him?

  7. metalhead65 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:08 PM

    what a joke! must be nice to get paid while not doing your job. nice that he is trying to get clean but how does paying help? what a great message to send him and anybody who does what he did. ok don’t do this again or we will send you to rehab with full pay. yeah that will teach them.

  8. jiveturkeygobbler says: Sep 27, 2013 4:12 PM

    Criticize all you want. If it were your son, you’d be thrilled his employers stood by him and supported this.

  9. mathomp3 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:16 PM

    They should donate his salary to victims of drunk driving rather than paying it to Aldon.

  10. sgtr0c says: Sep 27, 2013 4:19 PM

    Paying the player, while the player is seeking help for an addiction or family matter, probably goes along way, when the NFL is deciding whether to block or not. As does the player publicly admitting to it. It shows commitment to be doing the right thing. Plus, I am sure it will keep the NFLPA happy.

    Don’t like the 49ers, but I hope he gets the help he is seeking.

  11. wilsonwillbreaku says: Sep 27, 2013 4:22 PM

    They did this to cater to him. They know Goodell would have suspended him without pay. Cowardly. Gutless. Self-serving. It’s what anyone looking at this from the outside of that fan base/organization see it as. Way to stay “Above Reproach.”

  12. 4tea9er says: Sep 27, 2013 4:27 PM

    what @kaprajan said

  13. pdidit09 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:27 PM

    Don’t everyone here get paid when you’re on medical leave? Why shouldn’t Aldon? Haters!

  14. mackcarrington says: Sep 27, 2013 4:31 PM

    If, in the “real world” you had a job where you didn’t get paid while in rehab in order to do your job, then you should find a better place of employment.

  15. repmochief50 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:43 PM

    Criticize all you want. If it were your son, you’d be thrilled his employers stood by him and supported this.


    WRONG!! If it were my son I’d be extremely disappointed in him and praying he just HAD his job when he decided to get clean and pull his head out of his butt. Make all the excuses for him you want but he’s an adult and needs to be held accountable for his actions. These guys are making millions to play a game, the life most of us only dream of. No I’m not jealous, just tired of people feeling sorry for the poor professional athletes.
    BTW, I’m from Missouri and absolutely loved watching Aldon play at MU. And I do hope he wakes up and straightens his life out……

  16. purpleguy says: Sep 27, 2013 4:43 PM

    But does Smith have to pay for the damage to the tree he bonked or are the 49ers helping with that too?

  17. dirtysouthniner says: Sep 27, 2013 4:45 PM

    Easier to resign him if we stand by him.. smart move but I hope he gets the help he needs

  18. jiveturkeygobbler says: Sep 27, 2013 4:46 PM

    “They should donate his salary to victims of drunk driving rather than paying it to Aldon.”

    No. Aldon didn’t create any victims, thankfully. It’s not his job to pay for the mistakes of others. It is not up to others what people do with their money. Hope he has a successful recovery and a long, happy, and healthy life.

  19. h0c2000 says: Sep 27, 2013 5:08 PM

    Looks like he’ll have some beer money when he’s free

  20. dirk504 says: Sep 27, 2013 5:22 PM

    Really don’t see the big deal. I was payed for 2 months of work while on medical leave.

  21. espnfeedback says: Sep 27, 2013 5:45 PM

    …he’s young
    ….he’s gifted
    ……he’s wealthy
    …….he’s uhh you know..’urban’
    therefore he should have no rights….
    yall are funny

  22. jayniner says: Sep 27, 2013 6:02 PM

    I wonder if he watched that shellacking his boys put on the Rams last night….

  23. otis52gsh says: Sep 27, 2013 6:31 PM

    It’s nice that they take his actions so seriously. Continuing to pay him really shows him he better knock it off or…… never mind we will pay you anyway. Classless move from the niners. Had to be Jimmies idea.

  24. surfinbird1 says: Sep 27, 2013 6:48 PM


  25. fifthmaze says: Sep 27, 2013 7:16 PM

    It’s standard operating procedure. NFL players that voluntarily seek help will get paid, as in an injury. Alcoholism is a disease that he needs to treat.

    But if the NFL suspends him a few games, he looses his paydays. It all part of the collective bargaining agreement.

  26. jvseahawk says: Sep 27, 2013 8:26 PM

    But if the NFL suspends him a few games, he looses his paydays. It all part of the collective bargaining agreement.


    After he looses his payday, he’ll go get tight.

  27. exhelodrvr says: Sep 27, 2013 8:43 PM

    This is smart from a football sense, as well as consistent with what happens with most companies when someone is on medical leave. (at least in CA)

  28. matteyghoukis says: Sep 27, 2013 9:53 PM

    Wow..!, that’s really nice of the Niners to do this. This guy single handedly had 23 sacks for them technically in 19 games. That’s rediculous, for that kind of production he should make like 6 million a year instead of 1 million. Now I know he’s young and that will come. However this guy has been a beast for you, not only should you pay him that nothing salary but you should have a driver for him, a personal chef prepare his meals and have his car cleaned when he’s done with practice daily..!

  29. ut9erfan says: Sep 27, 2013 11:50 PM

    Enabling Aldon is to help him along his path to self-destruction. Examples would be providing him booze knowing he has a drinking problem.

    Aldon is an investment and it looks like York et al care about him as a person in addition to his being an investment. One way of looking at this is that York et al is paying Aldon so he is not rushing through rehab. If the 9ers did not care about Aldon as a person, they would be looking to replace him.

    Also, coddling Aldon is letting him continue with the addiction and making excused for him. What the 9ers are doing is showing Aldon that they are disappointed in his behavior (I bet if he did not self-check into rehab we would have a different outcome) and supportive of his course of action.

    I do think Aldon was not really given much choice, and we will see how it plays out when he is out if rehab.

    As to the whole, “if he were your son,” You bet I would support him thru rehab. Punish the wrong act, not the person if the person wants to change. It is, in my opinion, parenting 101. You don’t alienate your child when they have admitted to being wrong and are working on making it right. Do that and you create a ton of resentment and a child that does not want to try.

    I wish Aldon the best on his path to recovery.

    From a fan who has experience with addiction in the family and who is a parent.

  30. colv says: Sep 28, 2013 10:19 AM

    Could have killed someone. Criminal! Sad used to like and respect SF no more.

  31. yourfriendcole says: Sep 28, 2013 2:01 PM

    I hope he gets better. He’s a good football player and he’s on the verge of throwing it all away.

  32. brokebrokeuh says: Sep 28, 2013 7:55 PM

    Give him a month. He will be back soon.

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