Aldon Smith will Pay 49ers to Play This Season

Could Aldon Smith return to the San Francisco 49ers?
Dec 15, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith (99) gets ready to rush against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

When suspended San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith returns to action next week against the New York Giants, he will reportedly do so without getting paid a penny. In fact, Smith will owe the 49ers money when the season concludes.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Smith’s salary will be about $1.1 million ($525,000 after taxes). That $525,000 won’t be enough to cover what he owes to the 49ers.

That’s right. Smith will owe the 49ers $661,000 when all is said and done.

Welcome to the world of pay to play, guys and gals.

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