Originally posted by Pillbusta:
Only if he agrees to said extension. He can say no way! Then he becomes a free agent in 2015! If we exercise this no risk option we've set his price for both 2014 and 2015! He has absolutely no say in his price and no say as to where he goes and how much he is paid as he would in a free agency setting if he reached the open market. This then gives us leveraging in order to evaluate him further for ourselves or to trade him at a set price! Why would we decline this option? That's bad business! The more you let this stuff sink in you know I know Jed knows cooler heads will prevail and May 3rd we get that option!
Originally posted by buck:As I understand it, we could sign Aldon to an extension any time before the end of the 2014 season.
If that is true, not picking up the fifth year of his rookie contract does not mean that he would hit free agency.
Am I confused, again.
Thank you. I feel less confused, but somewhat conflicted.
Now, I understand more clearly why the owners wanted this fifth year option in the CBA.
I want us to keep Aldon Smith. I hope we do.
The major problem that I have with this situation, or perhaps with this discussion, remains our lack of specific, detailed knowledge. Noting this lack of information is not an argument for or against exercising the 5th year option, nor is it an argument for or against cutting him.
We were not party to the discussions between Aldon and the team last year, this year, or since his arrest in LA.
We do not know much, if anything, about the progress of his rehabilitation. We know nothing of any of what Aldon Smith, Jed York, or any of the major players in this are actually thinking or feeling.
You have been very assertive and forceful in putting forth your views. Your arguments seem logical.
But, the depth of our knowledge is nil, fundamentally we a very superficial grasp of the facts.
But, if I had to choose right now, and thank the lord I do not, I would exercise the fifth year of his rookie contract.
[ Edited by buck on Apr 19, 2014 at 7:49 AM ]