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49ers Exercise Option on Aldon Smith

Brian Bahr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The San Francisco 49ers have decided to hold on to embattled linebacker Aldon Smith a little longer. San Francisco exercised the 2015 option on Smith's contract, worth a reported $9.75 million.

The 49ers had until midnight Friday to make the decision and still hold the option to release Smith before the end of the 2014-15 league year in March. Smith's option is only guaranteed if he suffers a major injury this year that would affect the 2015 season.

Smith was set to become a free agent at the end of 2014 and could have made between $12-$13 million had the team placed the franchise tag on him in the winter. It is a decision that widely been seen as a smart business move for the franchise.

The 24-year old has had issues with the law in his young career. On April 13, Smith was arrested at Los Angeles International airport for making a false bomb threat after an altercation at the security checkpoint. While Smith has not yet been charged in the incident, the linebacker also faces felony gun charges and a drunk driving charge. The NFL can still suspend Smith because of those charges.

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