49ers’ GM Trent Baalke says Aldon Smith is ‘Hungry’ in 2015


If San Francisco 49ers GM Trent Baalke could describe OLB Aldon Smith this off-season in one word what would it be? “Hungry,” Baalke said.

Smith who openly agreed to restructure his $9.754 million salary in the form of roster bonuses — finally seems to be on the right track to success. “He’s got a great look in his eye. He’s doing exceptionally well. And he’s probably in as good as shape as he’s been in a long time…starting to develop into a leader,” Baalke added.

The 49ers who decided to pick up Smith’s fifth-year option last May —will now be playing in a contract year as he’s poised for a bounce back season. However, with DE Justin Smith pondering retirement the verdict is still out if Smith can still be the feared pass-rusher without his side-kick. Not to mention, Smith has a lengthy track record of off-field incidents, it remains to be seen how far along Smith has come. But if future events are any indication it appears that Smith is on the right track.

Timeline of Aldon’s off-field incidents:

  • Jan. 27, 2012: Arrested for DUI in Miami Beach
  • June 29, 2012: Authorities found 5 unregistered weapons at his house and he was charged with 3 felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon
  • June 29, 2012: Suffered stab wounds at his own house party
  • Sept. 20, 2013: Arrested for suspicion of DUI with marijuana and pills in the car
  • April 13, 2014: Arrested at LAX for allegedly saying “bomb” to TSA; not charged
  • May 21, 2014: Pleads no contest to 3 felony weapon charges and one misdemeanor DUI (2nd DUI)
  • July 18, 2014: Sentenced to 12 days in Jail and 3 year probation

In 50 regular-season games, Smith has amassed 152 tackles, 44 sacks, and five forced fumbles.

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