Aldon Smith November 2014

Well, this is a first.

According to ESPN, Aldon Smith will likely be the first player in NFL history to pay to play in a season.


Smith, who is eligible to return to the 49ers this week after serving a nine-game suspension, will become one of the rare, if not the only player in league history, to pay for the privilege of playing football, according to sources.

After Smith's nine-game suspension, his salary this season will be $1.099 million, with the net after taxes being $525,000. The 49ers will take all of that from his game checks this season for money he owes due to signing bonus forfeiture, according to sources.

But what he makes this season won't be enough to cover what he owes the 49ers, so the team will take another $661,000 after this season, the sources said.

Smith must have learned his lesson by now after all the shenanigans he's pulled off this past year.


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