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Aldon Smith won't be gone, but how many chances remain?

Aldon Smith
Aldon Smith
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There is no question what the San Francisco 49ers OLB Aldon Smith can do on the field, but the concerns continue to increase off it.

With his performance as potential to be one of the greatest pass rushers since Charles Haley, the 49ers have obviously supported him through the tough times. The legal process however, is where things could become tight. Smith's court date for both the DUI and assault weapon charges is set for April 29 as Tim Kawakami has pointed out.

The waiting game will continue from Smith in court as the team has stayed silent until all the legal process is ongoing. Depending on what the hearing is, it's most likely that the league should suspend him per NFL Personal Conduct Policy rules.

The 49ers have been forced to make four statements on incidents this offseason, from Chris Culliver's hit and run to Colin Kaepernick's 'suspicious incident' in Miami. There won't be too much worry with those two, especially with how the team completely supports their quarterback.

Smith was given the benefit of the doubt through the tough times from a DUI in January 2012, a house party incident in June 2012 and even a DUI in the middle of the Week 3 during the 2013 season. The 49ers even played Smith two days after his second DUI against the Indianapolis Colts.

He served an indefinite suspension in rehab away from the team and missed five games in 2013. Jim Harbaugh will still give him the priority because he's obviously hungry to win, it isn't necessarily his job to require some obvious rules.

The incident at LAX is not as extreme as his past occurrences, but the continuous behavior of finding trouble is not a good image for Smith himself. The 49ers frustration can only go so far, as it isn't good that his mistakes keep building up.

The question is, how does the organization view him? The May 3 deadline to pick up his 2015 option will be very telling one way or another on how committed they are to him. Financially, it will cost $9.75 million for Smith's fifth potential season with the team. If they do pick it up, it sends a message that the 49ers want to win at all costs, figuratively and literally.

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