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Report: 49ers not planning to release Aldon Smith


The 49ers may not be inclined to extend linebacker Aldon Smith’s stay until 2015, but that doesn’t mean they’re done with him in 2014.

The team currently doesn’t plan to release Smith, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

It’s not a surprise.  Cutting Smith would mean he would get a second chance with another team — possibly another team in the NFC West.  Since he doesn’t have four years of service, however, Smith would be subject to waivers.

Before cutting Smith, the 49ers surely would try to trade him.  Every player with talent gets a second chance, and every coach thinks he’s the guy who can get through to a player who doesn’t get it.

As we’ve previously explained, a pair of off-field incidents falling under the Personal Conduct Policy makes Smith susceptible to a suspension even without resolution of his pending charges.  Also, the 49ers could put Smith on the non-football injury/illness list if the team believes that his alcohol issues have returned, and that he needs further treatment.

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35 Responses to “Report: 49ers not planning to release Aldon Smith”
  1. jtbaudendistel says: Apr 17, 2014 10:40 PM

    If he was released he’d be picked up in less than 5 minutes

  2. beastmode5150 says: Apr 17, 2014 10:46 PM


  3. andreboy1 says: Apr 17, 2014 10:47 PM

    Big shock.

    Kawakami has no credibility whatsoever when it comes to the teams future plans.

    He’s the guy who also had Harbaugh going to Texas when that proved to have zero legs.

  4. redandgoldhitman52 says: Apr 17, 2014 10:48 PM

    thats a cool picture

  5. iceman8383 says: Apr 17, 2014 10:48 PM

    Of course not! Why release such a role model!

  6. disp2 says: Apr 17, 2014 10:52 PM

    Wait, what? Someone actually thought they might cut one of the best pass rushers in the league who’s making $4mil. this year? After his deal expires maybe they won’t re-sign him, but I can’t believe this is even a story.

  7. mrjackson206 says: Apr 17, 2014 10:55 PM

    He’s good, but he’s a headache. My asking price would be two first rounders if you wanted him. This years, & next years first & he’s all yours.

  8. raiders4ever says: Apr 17, 2014 10:56 PM

    even though I cant stand the 49ers I hope things turn out fine for the young man…this is something beyond football games its someones life and well being thats at stake..I wish him the best for him and his family thats all i will say on this matter because issues like this put things in perspective RAIDER NATION”.

  9. bifftannen55 says: Apr 17, 2014 10:59 PM


  10. rainponcho87 says: Apr 17, 2014 11:00 PM

    he’s not going anywhere. they will pickup his option

  11. wishingtonredslur says: Apr 17, 2014 11:01 PM

    Neither is the state.

  12. Robert says: Apr 17, 2014 11:01 PM

    Trade Smith and Kaep to the Browns for the number 5 pick and draft Manziel, or Bridgewater.

  13. binkystevens says: Apr 17, 2014 11:02 PM

    Man, Green Bay should offer to trade for him. Fits in the scheme, and it’s not like he’ll get in trouble in Green Bay

  14. doctorrustbelt says: Apr 17, 2014 11:03 PM

    Low character harbaughs.

  15. bigdaddyrockytop says: Apr 17, 2014 11:09 PM

    Cut him and let him be someone elses problem. The 49ers use to be thought of as a classy organization. Harbaugh seems to have changed that culture.

  16. tacomatiger says: Apr 17, 2014 11:10 PM

    Mickey mouse wants his gloves back

  17. joe2jerry says: Apr 17, 2014 11:13 PM

    Also, the sky is blue…

  18. iceman8383 says: Apr 17, 2014 11:19 PM

    of course not! He is such a great role model!

  19. cruelintentions662 says: Apr 17, 2014 11:33 PM


  20. slugbaitspace says: Apr 17, 2014 11:34 PM

    “Every player with talent gets a second chance”

    Wasn’t his second chance about two chances ago?

  21. typerico says: Apr 17, 2014 11:48 PM

    Stupid frock!

  22. icallbs81 says: Apr 18, 2014 12:32 AM

    It’s called the Charles Hayley effect. They don’t want him to haunt the team for seasons to come. Plus if Hayley was playing in today’s nfl you can’t tell me he wouldn’t be worse off than Aldon.

    The 49ers still get flack for trading him away and his problems are common knowledge now. The 9ers lose anyway in the minds of most of these posters that visit this site. Like Hayley I have to believe there is a chemical imbalance with Aldon. Hope he gets the help he needs.

    I know any fan of an nfl team would kill to have his skill set and would want their team to go after him, regardless of these comments that come from people who obviously live in glass houses.

  23. jayniner says: Apr 18, 2014 12:48 AM

    Tim Kawakami has lost all credibility as the “Niners Insider”. This guy reports more crap than TMZ.

    While Aldon has a LOT of growing up to do, it would be crazy for them not to get a high draft pick for him or at least put him on the NFI list to avoid the money they would have to pay him and not have to play against him in the division.

    Besides, if for some miracle Aldon turns things around and straightens up, the Niners have one of the best young players in the league.

  24. seatownballers says: Apr 18, 2014 12:54 AM

    Doesn’t matter folks. It’s a guarantee something else will happen

  25. cubsin2049 says: Apr 18, 2014 1:11 AM

    The 49ers do nothing about players who have guns, multiple DUI’s, speeding tickets, sexual predators (allegedly), yank out brass knuckles in a street fight, make sexually blatant remarks about gays….well the list goes on and on.
    For that matter, neither does the NFL. Every player in the League should be wanting to play there.

  26. flannlv says: Apr 18, 2014 1:13 AM

    Talent vs Trouble. When the trouble outweighs the talent, you’re cut. Smith’s talent exceeds the problems he causes.

  27. u4iadman says: Apr 18, 2014 1:28 AM

    So much for any credibility the organization had.

  28. thebirdofprey2 says: Apr 18, 2014 2:10 AM

    Why would they, he is a criminal and clown like the rest of them on that 49er roster. No class

  29. joenash72 says: Apr 18, 2014 2:36 AM

    Dude still getting his drink on…….

    That is his biggest problem. Leads to the rest of his issues.

  30. jbarr1 says: Apr 18, 2014 6:20 AM

    Cant get in trouble in GB? Get real!I got news for everyone, unless this guy changes his ways he’s could get in trouble being by himself on a polar ice cap.

  31. bbk1000 says: Apr 18, 2014 6:51 AM

    Teams should get penalized hard for the behavior of their players…..particularly if those players are given a second chance…

    They know the player is a risk, if they give him a second chance and he fails they lose draft picks.

  32. craigkintexas says: Apr 18, 2014 6:54 AM

    If he’s an alcoholic, life mixed with booze has a way of knocking the slats out from under you….I speak from experience. Hope he gets into recovery!

  33. yooperman says: Apr 18, 2014 7:51 AM

    Of course he won’t be cut or traded. Back to rehab and all the charges will be forgotten (California legal system for the rich). Plus, Roger must have already told the 49ers that he won’t be suspended until after year.

  34. badmude says: Apr 18, 2014 10:57 AM

    “Every player with talent gets a second chance, and every coach thinks he’s the guy who can get through to a player who doesn’t get it.”
    Issue is, Smith has gotten a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, now 5th chance?
    Classify him as “A player who doesn’t get it” or ever will.
    But the classy 9ers and Harbaugh will keep him around because he gets to the QB. They don’t care if he’s a menace to society. Wait til he kills someone and the courts take him away instead.

  35. dacktle49 says: Apr 18, 2014 5:28 PM

    Thank you Captain Obvious.

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