25-Year-Old Linebacker – Free Agent
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Smith served a nine-game suspension last season due to his off-field issues, finishing with a disappointing 15 tackles and two sacks through seven games. His immaturity - as opposed to his talent - is...
Aldon Smith Contract Information:
Released by 49ers in August of 2015.
Smith will be released by the 49ers following his latest arrest Thursday night, ESPN reports.
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Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Details of the arrest are yet to be announced, but Smith is reportedly being held in jail with a listed bail of $26,000. It's the latest in a series of off-the-field incidents for Smith, who was suspended for the first nine games of last season for a violation of the NFL's substances of abuse and personal conduct policies. The 49ers are yet to issue a statement, but further updates on the situation figure to emerge throughout the day Friday.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Smith continues to be a polarizing asset for the 49ers. He has the physical tools to be one of the best pass rushers in the NFL, but he can't seem to stay out of his own way. Smith missed five games after receiving a DUI and being placed in rehabilitation. He still produced when he was on the field (8.5 sacks in eight starts), but he'll now miss the first nine games of the coming season due to an NFL suspension.
Smith jumped in his second year with the 49ers to the elite pass-rushing category. His physical traits and agility on the edge make him a "beast" pursuing the quarterback and he is only entering his third year in the league.
Smithís 14-sack rookie season is extremely impressive on the surface, but it becomes even more impressive when you note that he almost always was limited to passing-down work. He didnít start a single game last year and still managed to finish with 37 tackles. Now that heís more than likely headed for a full-time role in 2012, Smith should be able to make a serious run at the 60-tackle mark, and a sack total any less than 12 would be a disappointment. Just realize he might face a brief suspension after an offseason DUI arrest.
Smith will transition from a 4-3 defensive end in college to playing outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. He's going to be primarily asked to rush the passer.