Smith arrested last week following incident at airport.
The San Francisco 49ers have yet to decide on whether or not to pick up the 2015 option on linebacker Aldon Smith’s contract, according to a league source.
The 24-year-old is currently waiting for a decision which doesn’t need to be made until May 3, but following his recent transgression, the future looks bleak for him in San Francisco.
Reports earlier this week in the San Jose Mercury News and ESPN suggested that it was “very unlikely” that the 49ers would extend his contract from a four-year deal to a five-year deal.
However, that line of speculation has been tempered slightly with the latest report suggesting that no decision has been made yet and it remains to be seen what the Niners decide upon.
The option-year salary of $9.75m for Smith would become guaranteed for injury only until the first day of the 2015 league year, at that point, it would become fully guaranteed for 2015.
Nevertheless, they are likely to explore all their options first including a possible trade deal if suitable or to see whether or not Smith responds to the threat of not having his additional year and increases his production on the field.
The 49ers essentially have around a fortnight to contemplate and reach a decision on the troubled star, as his off-field antics could finally have pushed management too far in their support of him over the course of the last few years.
While Smith has performed well for the team, the constant distractions will not play in his favour, and ultimately it could lead to a parting of ways as a result.