By Jack Delaney on April 21, 2014
The last thing that the San Francisco 49ers want is a distraction after failing to win the Super Bowl the last three seasons. With Aldon Smith making a bomb threat at LAX, however, the organization will have to take time away from preparing for the 2014 NFL Draft and use it for damage control. The 49ers must cut Aldon Smith immediately if the team wants to succeed, and here are five reasons why.
If the 49ers make it to a Super Bowl in 2014 with Aldon Smith, the linebacker will overshadow every accomplishment the organization will make. Most of the stories throughout the year would track Smith, not the team's success.
From drunk driving arrests to making bomb threats, Smith just can't stay out of trouble. The 49ers do not need to deal with drama from Smith every single season, and the linebacker is huge distraction for this team.
NFL players are very similar to stocks. A team makes an investment in an athlete and hopes that the player will provide a solid return on the organization's money. If Smith can't stay on the field, then the 49ers need to cut their losses and move on.
If the team still wants to rely on Smith, he will most likely not be able to play for at least half of the season when a suspension comes down from Roger Goodell. Smith can't make an impact if he is suspended, and San Francisco then has to worry about him getting in trouble again and facing even more suspensions or an expulsion from the league.
If a young player is drafted by the 49ers and breaks a rule with Smith on the team, that player can say Aldon does whatever he wants and doesn't get in trouble. The coaches and staff need control of the team, but Smith obviously cannot be controlled and sets a poor example because of it.
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