San Francisco 49ers not expected to pick up Aldon Smith's fifth-year option, per report
The San Francisco 49ers have some big decisions looming on linebacker Aldon Smith's future with the team following his weekend arrest at Los Angeles International Airport for reporting a false bomb threat
Smith, who is set to earn a base salary of $2,336,454 in 2014, will be in the final year of his deal with the 49ers unless the team decides to pick up its fifth-year team option on his rookie contract by the league's May 3 deadline.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the team is "not expected" to pick up the option, making him a free agent at the end of the season.
If San Francisco picked up the option, Smith's salary would triple next season to a whopping $9.75 million figure. The 49ers are not expected to release Smith, but there is still a strong chance that he will not take the field for what would amount to a crucial prove-it year. Following his DUI arrest last year and the arrest this offseason, he could be handed a lengthy suspension from Roger Goodell for violating the league's personal conduct policy. There is also the fact that he could face a year in jail for his false bomb threat.