49ers exercise Smith's 2015 contract option
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Last week, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said the team was not ready to "toss out" troubled star pass-rusher Aldon Smith.
On Friday, the 49ers showed they want to keep control of Smith's contract, exercising his 2015 option worth $9.75 million.
Until next March, the option is only guaranteed if Smith suffers a major injury in 2014 that would affect the 2015 season.
The 49ers also could pull the option before the end of the 2014-15 league year in March, or they could trade Smith.
Had the 49ers not exercised the option, Smith, 24, would have been set to become a free agent after the 2014 season.