September 22, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith (99) celebrates after tackling Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12, not pictured) during the first quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Would Aldon Smith Be Worth The Risk? [Video]

It was made official last weekend the San Francisco 49ers would not be picking up the fifth-year option on Aldon Smith’s contracting, making him eligible to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2014 season. The decision came hours after Smith was arrested for allegedly making a bomb threat at Los Angeles International Airport.

Speculation suggest Smith is almost certain to be suspended for the beginning of the NFL season because of three felony gun charges, a DUI arrest, and the airport situation. The three strikes was enough for the the 49ers to not pick up the option so it would be hard to concoct a scenario where Smith isn’t suspended.

All signs would seem to point towards Smith being a free agent next spring, which bring the Chiefs into the picture. Kansas City needs to improve their pass rush and may choose to cut Tamba Hali in order to save cap room. Justin Houston will be a free agent if he doesn’t sign an extension soon, and there is clear developmental prospect on the Chiefs’ roster.

Andy Reid has a history of giving players a second chance, with Michael Vick being the high profile individual. Smith is from Raytown, Missouri, went to college at Missouri, and would, in theory, have a stronger support group in KC than he does in California.

Given his problems with the law, obtaining Smith on the cheap is very possible and the Chiefs could structure the contract in a way to protect themselves from in case of a Smith relapse.

What do you think, Addicts? Would Smith be worth the risk or should the Chiefs focus on finding pass rush depth elsewhere?

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  • Allen Ayers

    Hell yeah give him a shot. Haha

  • Travis Forsyth

    To play in the NFL is a privilege and I think this guy should probably have this privilege taken away from him. Until he gets his act straightened out, he’s not worth the risk for the chiefs or any team in the the NFL.

  • Scott Hulen

    49ers are not letting this guy go anywhere he averages 1 sack a game, not just a pro bowl guy but a hall of fame guy! As long as we are playing fantasy lets assume Payton Manning gets caught legally smoking pot in Denver will get cut or traded or even benched? No I think not; worst case Papa Johns takes too
    long to deliver his pizza and he throws a fit in the hotel since he has the munches so bad!

  • Nick the Kick

    We don’t know nearly enough about his mental health to answer that, but if someone with his skills is allowed to walk, I’d say they must be beyond a change in scenery or a coach who gives second chances.

  • Calchiefsfan

    He would have to show a lot of improvement on the mental side over the next year to even be considered. If he did that then the 49ers would probably figure out a way to keep him. He definitely would have to earn his second chance. Vick humbled himself and showed he was willing to do what it takes to make things right, that showed character. Let’s see what Smith does.

  • Daniel Mayfield

    I would set him up with a counselor/shrink to help him out with his mental problems. If the Dr says he’s good to go and the league lets him in, why not? He’s a great player. Cheaper and younger then Hali. I love to see Hali on the field but if he’s gotta go after 2014, then Smith would be a good guy to help. I’m not sure if he’s a LB or a DE…if I remember right, a LB. That’s why he’d be good in depth and replacement. They can take turns on the field.

  • jimfromkcj

    I think we should proceed like he wasn’t an option. But if and when he actually becomes an option we should reconsider and make a decision then. Now is not the time to allow ourselves to change our game plan with any preconceived notions that he will change his ways. I seriously doubt if it happens. His actions are not easily changed and he will probably keep spiraling downward.

  • Jim Wynne

    Being a missouri guy and being back home he’d be a great add he is a huge talent

  • mattU

    I think you might be overplaying how much discount he’s going to have if he hits the open market. Vick got paid decent backup money coming straight out of 2 years in federal prison…Then put together one good season and got a 6-year $100MIL contract. The NFL can put on a face like it cares about being an upstanding citizen, but it’s really all about production, and I doubt it’s hard for a team to write up an incentive laden contract with optional years that will reward “good” behavior (as in not getting suspended). Fact remains Aldon Smith’s production says he’s a top 3 pass rusher in the NFL…So unless he starts taking lessons from Aaron Hernandez I doubt he’ll have any trouble getting paid.