Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks tackle Russell Okung (76) defends against San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith (99) during the first half of the 2013 NFC Championship football game at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 23-17 to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: San Francisco 49ers don’t plan to release Aldon Smith


Last week, San Francisco 49ers’ star pass rusher Aldon Smith was booked for a false bomb threat. Police believe he was drinking earlier in the day and he will likely face a lengthy suspension.

It looked as though his 2014 season and potentially his career could be done, but they may not be the case.

According to Dan Hanzus of NFL.com, citing Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the 49ers do not plan on releasing Smith.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday on “NFL Total Access” that the 49ers do not plan to cut Smith, who has $3 million in guaranteed salary next season.

That doesn’t come close to solving Smith’s problems, however. Rapoport said a suspension at the start of the season is likely, per sources involved in the situation, though it’s unknown how many games it will last.

Rapoport went to say that Smith may not be on the field in 2014, but that would be because he “may be in jail.”

This is a bit of a surprise considering all of the legal trouble Smith is in.

Smith had 34 tackles and 8.5 sacks  in 11 games last season. He has 137 tackles and 42.0 sacks in 43 career games.

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