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.