49ers excercise fifth-year option on Aldon Smith
Typically for a guy of his talent, this would be a no-brainier. Smith, age 24, has compiled 42 sacks and 114 tackles in his NFL tenure with the 49ers. However, given his off-the-field problems, this one could have gone either way.
Jim Harbaugh and company are banking Smith will turn his attention to the football field this season and stay out of trouble. If he gets his priorities straight, Smith is an elite pass rusher in football.
- Patrick Green is the Senior Editor and Content Manager for ProSportsExtra.com