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What the San Francisco 49ers Should Do With Aldon Smith

The San Francisco 49ers are most certainly in a bind with Aldon Smith. Not only would exercising the 5th-year option seem to many to be sending the wrong message at this point, but it would also put the 49ers on the hook for $9.75 million in 2015. On the other hand, not exercising the option would open the door for one of the best pass rushers in the NFL to leave via free agency. I would not want to be in Trent Baalke‘s shoes when this decision is made.

If I were, however, this is how I would go about it. I would, first and foremost, sit down with Smith and get his version of the events. I would go through a detailed step-by-step analysis of where Smith is, his maturity level, and where he wants to go/what steps he is taking to get there. I would set up safeguards for his behavior and have someone on staff, be it a player or an intern, check in on him on a regular basis. Finally, I would discuss with Smith and his agent a belief that the best thing for Smith, at this point, would not necessarily be to exercise that 5th-year option, but rather to do a new deal, for, say, 2 years, that was highly incentivized for behavior both on and off the field. That way Smith would have a greater incentive to turn things around and would make good money if he did so. If not, the 49ers would not be on the hook for that much. If Smith truly believes this could be a way to improve his name, then I think he could go for it. If not, the 49ers should then pass on the option and continue to stand by the line that I have suggested Baalke take.

I, however, am not the GM, so I will have to wait and see what happens. What do you think Baalke should do?






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  • trinity

    Cut him loose. He’s had too many chances, and he clearly isn’t learning from his mistakes.

  • greebs

    I like that idea – and the case could be made as a 2-year deal, it could get him a bigger deal then than in one-year, depending on suspension this year. If he’s open to that, it would show something too.

    • Douglas Totten

      Thanks for seeing where I am coming from greebs. Punishment is not always the right answer, and punishment without hope for change hardly ever is.

  • Mike King

    Should not matter as the ignorant man should be in prison of the next two years on gun charges and the false bomb scare. You want to judge his maturity level? I get that might be the case after the second DUI, but now you throw the gun charges and bomb threat on there and you still wonder about his maturity level? Here is a news flash it is around 12 year old maturity level. He is a boy trapped in a mans body and believes he is above the law and rules of common decency. He clearly is a threat and menace to society and should be removed from the streets for a period of time to make him realize he has got to change. The NFL needs to suspend him for minimum of a year. He takes the field next year at all and it is a disgrace and never want to hear the NFL say anything about how they are worried about their reputation. Four strikes and you are out Aldon.

    • Bobby

      Dude your way to ignorant to be allowed on the internet anymore. Go to your room for a few years.