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49ers Expected To Decline Option On Aldon Smith

The San Francisco 49ers are not expected to exercise the fifth-year option on Aldon Smith for 2015.

Smith was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport on charges of a false bomb report.

In November, he pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from an incident at a party at his home in 2012.

Smith also missed five games this past season while spending time in an alcohol treatment center. 

Smith still finished with 12 sacks despite the five-game absence.

Via Adam Schefter/ESPN


Andrew Luck Prioritized Getting Away From Football With Travel

Andrew Luck spent a few months away from football traveling the world before returning to work next week.

“You do have to get away, at least in my mind you do, so I did,” Luck said, via the team’s official website. “I made sure I gave myself a solid month-and-a-half, two months to get back into football shape before starting this voluntary workout session.

“It’s something I think I did better this year than last year. Every year, hopefully [I’ll] continue to do better in balancing that time. I know getting away from football is as important almost as making sure your mind’s fresh and clear as the training aspect.”

Via Darin Gantt/ProFootballTalk


Chargers Exercise Option On Corey Liuget

The San Diego Chargers have exercised the fifth-year option on the contract of Corey Liuget.

In 2011, its collective bargaining agreement standardized rookie contracts with a wage scale. All first-round contracts must carry a four-year length with a fifth-year team option. 

Liuget's option is worth $6.969 million instead of $10.633 million, a savings of $3.694 million.

Via Michael Gehlken/San Diego Union-Tribune



Cowboys Exercise Fifth-Year Option On Tyron Smith

The Dallas Cowboys have exercised their fifth-year option on the contract of Tyron Smith.

Smith’s contract will now run through the 2015 season, fully guaranteeing $10.039 million in the final year, which is equal to the transition tag for offensive linemen in the 2014 season. Smith’s base salary in 2014 is $2.079 million.

Smith was the ninth overall pick in the 2011 draft and was coming off of his first Pro Bowl season.

Via Jon Machota/Dallas Morning News


Jimmy Smith Has Fifth-Year Option Exercised By Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens have exercised their fifth-year option on Jimmy Smith.

Smith is due just $6.898 million, which is only guaranteed for injury.

Smith has emerged as one of the NFL's better cornerbacks.

Smith had 59 tackles, 16 pass deflections and three forced fumbles in 2013.

Via Will Brinson/CBS Sports


Texans Exercise Fifth-Year Option On J.J. Watt

The Houston Texans have exercised the fifth-year option on J.J. Watt's contract for the 2015 season.

Watt was the 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Via Field Yates/ESPN


DeSean Jackson Owes Over $500k To Rosenhaus

DeSean Jackson owes former agent Drew Rosenhaus $516,415 in unpaid loans and fees.

Yahoo! Sports reported Rosenhaus originally sought $777,793 for "loans, interest, credit card charges and insurance premiums." Rosenhaus filed the grievance in June 2013, shortly after he was fired by Jackson, according to reports.

After leaving Rosenhaus, Jackson signed with Joel Segal, who negotiated the receiver's three-year, $24 million contract ($16 million guaranteed) with the Washington Redskins.

Via ESPN


Chad Johnson Signs With Montreal

Chad Johnson has signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL.

Johnson last played in the NFL during the 2011 season with the New England Patriots.

The Alouettes have a history of not judging players by their checkered pasts, as evidenced by how they once gave former Nebraska running back Lawrence Phillips a chance on what became a Grey Cup-winning team in Montreal.

Via ESPN


49ers Making LaMichael James Available In Trade Talks

The San Francisco 49ers are shopping LaMichael James in trade scenarios.

“He wants to play,” said a source.

James was a 2012 second round pick out of Oregon.

James collected just 39 carries in his first two seasons.

The 49ers’ loaded backfield during James’ career has included Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter. The 49ers also figure to work in Marcus Lattimore, who didn't play last season while rehabbing from a serious knee injury in college.

Via Eric Branch/San Francisco Chronicle


Sidney Rice Re-Signs With Seahawks

Sidney Rice has reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks.

Rice spent Wednesday in New Jersey visiting with the New York Jets.

Rice caught 15 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns in eight games last season.

Via Adam Schefter/ESPN