49ers’ Aldon Smith receives fifth-year option at $9.754 million

Michael Macor/The Chronicle

Michael Macor/The Chronicle

The San Francisco 49ers today announced that OLB Aldon Smith has received a fifth-year option, keeping him from becoming an unrestricted free-agent next season. A deal that includes a $9.754 million salary for the 2015 season, Smith will now have to prove he is worth every penny.

A task easier said than done, as Smith has had run-ins with the law in his first four seasons, including taking a leave of absence last season in his fight substance abuse, Smith is still a premier pass-rusher making his on-field production worth the risk.


In three seasons in San Francisco, Smith has racked up 137 tackles, 42.0 sacks, five forced fumbles, one interception and five pass break-ups. And while he still has pending legal matters to deal with including three felony guns charges in Santa Clara Superior Court, as well as a misdemeanor DUI in September and contemplating a misdemeanor charge of making a false report of a bomb threat, Smith’s future with the 49ers is expressed candidly.

Carlos Avila Gonazles, The Chronicle

Carlos Avila Gonazles, The Chronicle

49ers GM Trent Baalke spoke on Smith as he said, “Can I make it any clearer? I’m a firm believer in the humanistic approach to everything. You continue to work, just like you would with any family member. We’re a family. You just don’t open the door and toss people out of it. You continue to work until they leave you no choice.”

With Smith now re-signed via the 2015 season, the 49ers can rest assured that their top premier pass-rusher is not going anywhere. However, only time will tell what his future holds, as Smith has yet to mature into a WR Anquan Boldin type leader. A young kid with a lot of potential I believe the 49ers made the right decision in the end.

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