49ers' Smith reportedly agrees to restructure final year of deal
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith agreed to restructure his deal just days before it was set to become fully guaranteed, according to multiple reports.
Smith, who is entering the final year of his deal, would have been guaranteed on Tuesday to earn $9.75 million in 2015 but now that sum reportedly has been converted to roster bonuses that begin in April. Under his old deal, he wouldn't have started to receive paychecks until the season started.
"It wasn't like they said, 'If you don't do this, you're cut,'" Smith's agent Doug Hendrickson told CSN Bay Area about the restructured deal, which does not help the 49ers' cap space for 2015. "The thought behind it is that Aldon realizes he's been his own worst enemy. He has come a long way since he was suspended. Ultimately his goal, my goal, and the team's goal is for him to sign a long-term contract with the Niners."
Smith has had off-field issues that has cost him playing time. He was suspended the first nine games of last season for violating the league's policy on personal conduct and substances of abuse.
"He's basically saying, 'I'm willing to bet on myself,'" Hendrickson said.