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49ers haven’t decided to pick up the fifth-year option on Aldon Smith

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By all accounts and appearances, 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith decided at the wrong time in the worst place to be a wiseacre.

And now the 49ers have to decide what to do.  It’s extremely unlikely they’d cut him, because he’d be gobbled up on waivers — possibly by another team in the division.  Because Smith arrived via the first round of the 2011 draft, the 49ers have to decide by May 3 whether to exercise the fifth-year option on Smith’s rookie contract.

Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, the 49ers haven’t decided to exercise the option.  They’ll be discussing the question in the coming days and weeks, and they have less than three weeks to resolve the issue.  The analysis will entail further homework regarding Smith’s off-field issues, especially since the obvious question that arises from Smith’s decision (allegedly) to joke about a bomb with a TSA agent is whether Smith was under the influence of alcohol, or something else.

Smith spent an extended stretch in rehab last year, after being arrested behind the wheel of his car while allegedly intoxicated on a Friday, hours before practice and two days before a game.  And then there are pending felony gun charges, for which Smith will soon be back in court.

If the 49ers don’t use the option, it could wake Smith up.  But then the 49ers would have only one franchise tag to use in 2015, and possibly two guys who merit it:  Aldon Smith and Colin Kaepernick.

Either way, it’s been a challenging week for the 49ers. And it will get no easier as they try to figure out what to do with a player who has racked up 42 sacks in 43 regular-season games.

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77 Responses to “49ers haven’t decided to pick up the fifth-year option on Aldon Smith”
  1. patriotsdefense says: Apr 13, 2014 9:05 PM

    The NFL needs to suspend him

  2. nevernudetobias says: Apr 13, 2014 9:06 PM

    Must be a big Meet the Parents fan.

  3. fdugrad says: Apr 13, 2014 9:12 PM

    That’s what YOU think!!

  4. jimnaizeeum says: Apr 13, 2014 9:13 PM

    Should change his name to Lou Zerr

  5. winninaintsinnin says: Apr 13, 2014 9:14 PM

    SF culture

  6. akboot says: Apr 13, 2014 9:15 PM

    Oh c-mon, he’ll b aiiite.

  7. themackstrong says: Apr 13, 2014 9:15 PM

    Aldon Smith needs jail time. Illegal guns, crashing while drinking and driving, stabbings and now getting caught up in some terrorist prank is ridiculous. No character, defend that 49er fans.

  8. jjb0811 says: Apr 13, 2014 9:16 PM

    If Blackmon gets an indefinite suspension for smoking J’s, then this jerk needs the same. DUI, Guns charges & now threatening w/ a bomb.

    The 9′ers asked for this by babying him and paying him through his last suspension. Smith thinks he’s free to do whatever he wants.

    At some point the league needs to mandate penalties rather than deferring to teams. It’s obvious that if the player is a high pick and good, then he’s treated different than that of a walk on or low pick.

  9. bigbaldpapahawk says: Apr 13, 2014 9:18 PM

    Above reproach. The Santa Clara Way.

  10. scmems07 says: Apr 13, 2014 9:22 PM

    If they don’t the pats will be right there to scoop him up, he fits the patriot way.

  11. thepftpoet says: Apr 13, 2014 9:25 PM

    Th

  12. djalakas25 says: Apr 13, 2014 9:26 PM

    Well,
    I’m a Seahawks fan. I wouldn’t want him on my team. He just doesn’t get it. Completely crazy. Which is probably what makes his a good football player. Unfortunately, he may never be on the field to show it. No class. To 49er fans no jail comments to you, if no ped comments to hawk fans. Nice clean rivalry. With the Vikings fans wishing they were us taking shots from the outside. (Pft poet) lol

  13. golforepar says: Apr 13, 2014 9:27 PM

    The 49ers will pick up the option since Smith fits in so well. Classless team!

  14. ariani1985 says: Apr 13, 2014 9:27 PM

    Typical seahawk!

  15. thepftpoet says: Apr 13, 2014 9:27 PM

    The historic Minnesota Vikings would never sign a player like this.

    We base our roster off players who are great in the NFL but also are first class citizens – unlike Aldon.

    While your teams players are off doing drugs and making airport threats.

    Our players are volunteering and preparing the hoist a Lombardi this season.

    We are the class of the league and all of sports.

  16. idolized1 says: Apr 13, 2014 9:30 PM

    I always envy these guys born 6’5, 260lbs with freaskish athletic ability because I wish I could have been given that gift.

    Then they normally do things like this and I quickly remember that I am perfectly content being a little smaller and slower and not being born a complete idiot.

  17. rundmc20 says: Apr 13, 2014 9:33 PM

    Keep it classy Santa Clara. Even us Raider fans are laughing at your franchise. Wheels are falling off. LOL !!!!!

  18. borg9 says: Apr 13, 2014 9:34 PM

    What ever happened to the Days-without-arrest-counter?

  19. godhatescleveland says: Apr 13, 2014 9:35 PM

    San Francisco won’t get any value for him if they try a trade……..wait a minute…..”Mr. Irsay SF is on line one”……….5 minutes later…..OMG…the Earth is SHAKING!!!!! Shock and AWE is coming VERY SOON!!!!!!! SF you got a first round pick.

  20. colv says: Apr 13, 2014 9:35 PM

    It’s about money. Pay the guy because someone else will your troublemaker gives other teams primed ready and willing to sign a trouble maker if it makes them better. No team can monitor these ME GENERATION players.

  21. bricktop02 says: Apr 13, 2014 9:36 PM

    Kick him out of the NFL he is a four time loser. Start with this roach and maybe other guys might think twice before they do something stupid .

  22. axx1 says: Apr 13, 2014 9:36 PM

    @pftpoet
    Wanna make any bets that your vikes wont win the sb even with godly players like ap and cordelle?

  23. pgilbert15303 says: Apr 13, 2014 9:39 PM

    In all honesty, all you guys would love him on your team.

    Every team has a Lou Zerr or two. Hate too say it… It’s our society we love the drama, unless when its our team. Lets see; Ndamukong Suh, Ray Lewis, oh Mr. Patriot guy, does Hernandez ring a bell? Lets see Ben Rothelsburg likes the ladies in the bathroom.

    Any Cowboy fans jumping on this bandwagon? Mom beaters are awesome receivers…

  24. omniscient48 says: Apr 13, 2014 9:42 PM

    Just another typical University of Missouri athlete.

  25. skoldier612 says: Apr 13, 2014 9:42 PM

    Top 5 NFL bad guys who lack class, break laws, and have character issues:

    1. Richard Sherman
    2. Aldon Smith
    3. Colin C.
    4. Richard Sherman
    5. Ray Rice

  26. joe2jerry says: Apr 13, 2014 9:42 PM

    I’m a Niner fan and I believe he needs to be suspended for a year to get help (again). He is at a point to where even if the Niners don’t pay him someone will – and big dollars. He doesn’t need to be rewarded. Also, if Kap doesn’t check out and he has sexually assaulted someone he needs a year off and some jail/therapy. Seriously, it sucks to loose, and loose we would – but character and class have to mean something. I don’t want to think of our squad like the bengals with pack-man or the Seahawks, or the raiders of old.

  27. uptjeff says: Apr 13, 2014 9:43 PM

    He fits in pretty well with 49er fans.

  28. ctiggs says: Apr 13, 2014 9:44 PM

    Im a pretty big homer as most of you know,……………….. i dont know how to defend this.

  29. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Apr 13, 2014 9:50 PM

    I always love to banter with all NFL fans, trash on their players and teams as they do mine, but good lord, thepftpoet, and thevikesarebest do NOT speak for the great fans of the Minnesota Vikings. Buffoons they are. Buffoons. Skol Vikes.

  30. 4grammarpolice says: Apr 13, 2014 9:51 PM

    There’s no arrest meter in Hardballtalk.com

  31. evlonzo272 says: Apr 13, 2014 9:52 PM

    Gonna be a long season for the 49ers. They lost all their corners, bowman is gone for half the season and now smith is probably gonna be suspended for some games.

  32. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Apr 13, 2014 9:57 PM

    Jim Harbaugh.

  33. speicher145 says: Apr 13, 2014 9:58 PM

    42 sacks in 43 games is ridiculous.

  34. evlonzo272 says: Apr 13, 2014 10:00 PM

    If a harbaugh leads your team the players will get arrested.

  35. ronfai says: Apr 13, 2014 10:01 PM

    In other TMZ news Steve Gutenberg goes on tyraid at Oklahoma International after a fan asked him when a new Police Academy movie is coming out.

  36. gudy2shoes says: Apr 13, 2014 10:01 PM

    The arrest meter blew up.

  37. speedback says: Apr 13, 2014 10:05 PM

    How can you not love the thepftpoet? I find myself scrolling comments for him and logicalvoicessay! I dont know whether to hate their jackassery or love it. Poet denies the loveboat and 4 SB losses while logical denies that redskins are really the worst franchise ever! However, they are over the top loyal! keep posting and I’ll keep reading! you guys definitely make me chuckle!

  38. speedback says: Apr 13, 2014 10:06 PM

    Florio, can you get logical and the poet on pftlive? I swear that I will watch!

  39. swaggyy says: Apr 13, 2014 10:07 PM

    Aldumb Smith

  40. ajpnsf says: Apr 13, 2014 10:07 PM

    Damn it Aldon.

  41. hawkstradamus says: Apr 13, 2014 10:09 PM

    fAlldown Smith will be getting an entirely different five year “deal”. It’s part of an all inclusive package, meals, activities and laundry service etc….

  42. MostlyRight says: Apr 13, 2014 10:10 PM

    Coaching mini scandal, starting players leaving as FAs, critical starters injured, old Gre, QB scandal and then there is Smith. Is any team imploding like the 49ers this year?

    The West will be fought out by Seattle and AZ this year, both will likely make the playoffs, and one of them has a great shot at the Super Bowl.

  43. sweetnlow44 says: Apr 13, 2014 10:24 PM

    joe2jerry says: Apr 13, 2014 9:42 PM

    “I don’t want to think of our squad like the bengals with pack-man or the Seahawks, or the raiders of old.”

    Uhhh, time to face reality… Your team is every bit as messed up as any team ever, if not more so.

  44. rickrock6661982 says: Apr 13, 2014 10:25 PM

    How soon until the 49ers pick up Titus Young and Rae Carruth for a tryout?

  45. greymares says: Apr 13, 2014 10:27 PM

    of course they’re picking it up, they are already the 2nd best team in the division. By the way they are real close to being 3rd.

  46. djalakas25 says: Apr 13, 2014 10:27 PM

    Hey pft poet… Didn’t you guys have a entire boat filled with sexcapades and sign a certain qb from the packers that later got busted for sending pictures of his junk to Jen sturgeon lol. Glass houses

  47. jimthebuilder27 says: Apr 13, 2014 10:28 PM

    I hope Roger Goodell surprises me and actually suspends this moron.

    I’m not counting on it. The league office has such a hard on for Jim Harbaugh.

  48. uglydingo says: Apr 13, 2014 10:29 PM

    Maybe he needs to employ minders 24 hours a day to keep him out of trouble. I seem to recall that Dez Bryant has that sort of arrangement and it seems to have worked.

  49. filthymcfunny1 says: Apr 13, 2014 10:30 PM

    Packer fans are happy they’ll be home for the playoffs dusting off an old trophy!

  50. leatherface2012 says: Apr 13, 2014 10:38 PM

    oops a daisy——thats his lawyers defense

  51. nitecapper says: Apr 13, 2014 10:41 PM

    NOBODY HAS IT BETTER THE SAYING GOES

  52. despenc925 says: Apr 13, 2014 10:49 PM

    when the season beings, he will play, he will start, fans will hate, and wish he was on their team! embrace the hate!!

  53. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 13, 2014 10:56 PM

    At some point one of these idiots needs to be banned from the NFL. The team is in a position where to release him for cause would enable a competitor to snap him up to play against them. Nobody will give any value in a trade.
    Goodall could impose a fine and or suspension, but that wouldn’t necessarily solve the problem.
    Until the hammer starts falling hard, players will have no real incentive to clean up their acts and conduct themselves like incredibly well paid professionals.

  54. beastmode5150 says: Apr 13, 2014 10:57 PM

    What happens in Santa Clara, stays in Santa Clara.

  55. 1rockyracoon says: Apr 13, 2014 10:57 PM

    He is still facing a court date over the gun charges and he continues to act like this. If San Fran keeps him long term I can’t wait to hear them express disappointment and concern every time Smith gets into trouble.

  56. numberoneinthehoodg says: Apr 13, 2014 10:57 PM

    Dear Mr. Davis,
    We don’t take kindly to people makin a ruckus in our new stadium. So how about we have your team play here instead of them people.

    Regards,
    Santa Clara

  57. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 13, 2014 10:59 PM

    On a separate note, it’s amusing hearing Niner fans long for the old days of classy behavior.
    They’ve apparently forgotten the incident where Jerry Rice was found hiding in a closet in a massage parlor during a raid.
    Admittedly that’s kinda tame these days, but still funny.

  58. sportsnut101 says: Apr 13, 2014 11:00 PM

    U think 49ers will cut him yea right hes to talented
    But they should suspend him without pay of course

  59. nflgiant says: Apr 13, 2014 11:09 PM

    I blame Jim Harblahhh,his act is wearing thin,and it shows in his players actions.

  60. campcouch says: Apr 13, 2014 11:14 PM

    who cares if someone else picks him up. he’s got DUI’s,weapons charges and now bomb threats on his resume. that’s three strikes. do your franchise a solid and cut him.

  61. 12hawksfan1976 says: Apr 13, 2014 11:24 PM

    And now we’ll hear from Niner head coach Jim Harbaugh. Take it away, Jim:

    “You always want to be above reproach, especially when you’re good.”

    – 7 AM drunk driving.

    – Felony gun charge at a house party.

    – Bomb threats at LAX.

    – Hit and run w/ threats against witness with brass knuckles.

    – Who knows what in Miami.

  62. realdealsteel says: Apr 13, 2014 11:29 PM

    Saying you have a Bomb in an Airport is the same as yelling “Fire” in a movie theater.

    This guy is as stupid as a bag of rocks.

  63. chawk12thman says: Apr 13, 2014 11:32 PM

    He will be extended. This is business and he is a baller.

  64. scmems07 says: Apr 13, 2014 11:37 PM

    Jim is upset that he has to turn the “days without an incident” counter in the locker room back to zero only days after having to reset it because of kap.

    On another note, I wonder how j Mart will get along with aldon smith over Richie incognito. Much more character guys in this locker room compared to the dolphins.

  65. salscobrakai says: Apr 13, 2014 11:47 PM

    Borderline Personality Disorder

  66. thetooloftools says: Apr 14, 2014 12:25 AM

    RESET THE ARREST CLOCK PLEASE !

  67. Dogsweat says: Apr 14, 2014 12:40 AM

    “WHO’S GOT MORE DEVIANTS THAN US”, NOOOOOOOOOOOOBODYYYYYYYYYY!!!!

  68. leagueobservr says: Apr 14, 2014 1:02 AM

    Maybe the 49ers shock the world with a draft day trade???

  69. zeekey301 says: Apr 14, 2014 1:39 AM

    Trade him to my skins we def need that talent lol

  70. djalakas25 says: Apr 14, 2014 7:26 AM

    We love pointing out bad behaviors from teams, but at the end of the day it’s called reality. You put as many talented people from all sort of upbringings together, and we get surprised that this stuff happens. In reality.. I get sick of Pete the cheat comments because USC bosses got off Scott free, and there is no way to hold college boosters accountable.
    Shouldn’t we be giving the Pete Carroll and I hate saying it Jim harboughs of the world credit for giving these kids credit?
    Life is about risks these two programs are being rewarded for taking it on people. News flash. That’s what causes buy in. That’s why they win. I don’t think smith will ever learn his lesson which is sad. Time to go.

  71. kingpel says: Apr 14, 2014 11:17 AM

    I always defend the bad boys but damn this guy is taking stupidity to a new level.

  72. jleonor23 says: Apr 14, 2014 1:37 PM

    people who are calling the 49ers classless for something they haven’t decided on is completely retarded! last year aldon got suspended for marijuana possession and DUI. the niners extended his suspension issued by the nil and if not that they made him ride the bench shortly after. the 49ers takes this seriously. Dan skuta started over him basically the whole season

  73. quicktaker says: Apr 14, 2014 2:05 PM

    I am not sure this is just a substance issue. Aldon seems to have problems understanding the basics of being an ordinary citizen.
    I find it hard to believe that Aldon will be a reliable player in the 2014 regular season and playoffs.

  74. 1phillyphan says: Apr 14, 2014 2:13 PM

    Smart NFL teams let the players that they are not going to sign leave via through free Agency….then if the player is a probowl player like Aldon Smith..they will get compensation thru a picks in the next draft ( for Smith they will get a high 3rd) So letting a player go by releasing him AKA ..DJax… CJ2K ect..they get nothing..

  75. cshane34 says: Apr 15, 2014 11:55 AM

    As a big time 49er fan, this guy needs to go. He has messed up far to many times and he’s now becoming a distraction. He is a very good football player, however, he is no longer worth this behavior.

  76. cri33 says: Apr 15, 2014 12:37 PM

    And another good player shoots himself in the foot. I wonder if the rest of the team can stay out of the news for the remainder of the year. My guess is Probably not. Its only April 15. Lots of time left!

  77. rayjay49er says: Apr 15, 2014 1:47 PM

    What is this, a Niner Hater Blog? Like ALL OF US, Aldon Smith made a mistake. He’s now made 3 mistakes and they are serious. BUT, what would you have them do with him, lock him up and throw away the key? How would any of us like to be talked about like Aldon here on this page? What if everything you ever did wrong was put out there? ANSWER, WE WOULDN’T LIKE IT! Smith is young, obviously immature like a lot of people his age and he needs to grow up and a lot of guidance. That said, he’s also one ridiculously good football player and the Niners would be fools to let him get away. Remember Charles Haley Niner fans??? I remember how crazy Charles Haley would get; peeing on cars, allegedly masturbating in film rooms, etc. Well, I also remember him coming back to Candlestick with the Cowboys and wreaking havoc all over Steve Young and the Niners. He cost the Niners at least 2 Super Bowls with his unrelenting pass rushing and I’m sure he had a huge chip on his shoulder when he played against SF. NOW, imagine Aldon Smith getting picked up by the Seahawks and doing the same. Harbaugh, Baalke and York, help this guy grow up and turn a negative into a success story. I wouldn’t be surprised at all, if THIS offseason of trouble and turmoil (Harbaugh leaving to Cleveland, Culliver hitting a bicyclist, Kapernick’s thing in Miami and now Smith’s airport snafu), ends up being the year they win it all. GO NINERS!!!

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