Aldon Smith's '15 option picked up

Updated: May 2, 2014, 6:23 PM ET
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com

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 ...

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