There is a lot of commotion about the future of Aldon Smith in not only San Francisco but in the NFL as a whole. After repeated off-field issues with the latest forcing National Homeland Security to become involved, there are a lot of rumblings about what Smith’s future looks like and not a lot of it is positive.
First, the 49ers need to figure out what to do with his fifth year option and form there, the speculation only grows. When it comes to the possibility of Smith being cut, other teams begin to enter the equation as possible landing spots and one such team is the Minnesota Vikings.
As ESPN.com blogger Ben Goessling points out, the Vikings have a head coach in Mike Zimmer who likes to take chances on outcasted players, and they don’t come any more outcasted than Aldon Smith. But while Zimmer is a source of redemption for players — most notably Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones — Goessling ponders if Smith is too far gone to be worth a chance.
Minnesota could certainly use his elite skills, as could almost any team in the NFL, but his off-field habits make him a wild card and a dangerous risk with now suddenly debatable reward.