Outside linebacker Aldon Smith, whom the 49ers released after his fifth run-in with the law since coming to the team as a first-round draft pick in 2011, is remaining in the Bay Area.
Smith agreed to a one-year contract with the Raiders, a source confirmed to CSNBayArea.com on Friday morning.
Smith is eligible to play immediately, but he could be subject to severe NFL discipline in the future, pending the judicial outcome of his latest incident. He served a nine-game suspension at the beginning of last season for violations of the league’s policies on substance abuse and personal conduct.
One day following the 49ers’ decision to release Smith last month, general manager Trent Baalke said it was too early to determine whether the organization would be open to Smith returning to play for the 49ers in the future.
”That’s something I don’t even want to speculate at this time,” Baalke told CSNBayArea.com on Aug. 8. “The immediate concern is for him and his well-being. We’ll continue to communicate with him. From an organizational standpoint, we do anything to help him.”
The 49ers released Smith on Aug. 7, the day following his arrest for alleged hit and run, DUI and vandalism, stemming from an incident in the parking garage of his Santa Clara apartment complex.
Santa Clara Police has forwarded the results of its investigation to the Santa Clara County District Attroney’s office. The Santa Clara County DA’s office is reviewing the case and conducting its own investigation, a spokesman told CSNBayArea.com.