Why Aldon Smith got snubbed


Why Aldon Smith got snubbed

The 49ers had a league-high eight players selected to the Pro Bowl. They had more players chosen for the team than the entire NFC East.Yet, there was one player who was not on the initial roster, nor was he listed among the 10 players from the 49ers who will serve as alternates.Rookie Aldon Smith ranks fifth in the NFL with 14 sacks. Yet, he was snubbed by the fans, players and coaches in the Pro Bowl voting.
As best as I can surmise, there are several reasons for this:--He is not a starter, so he was not listed on the fan ballot.
--On the ballot players and coaches receive, every player on every team's depth chart is listed. But starters are denoted with an asterisk. Many players just scan the list, pausing only to consider the players with an asterisk next to their names.--Smith is listed as an outside linebacker, but he played only a dozen snaps at that position this season. More accurately, he was a defensive end in nickel situations.--Each of the defensive ends selected to the Pro Bowl team rank ahead of Smith in sacks: Jared Allen (18.5), Jason Babin (18) and Jason Pierre-Paul (15.5).--And it's difficult to argue with the picks at outside linebackers, either, because of their bodies of work: Veterans DeMarcus Ware, Clay Matthews and Lance Briggs.--And, then, there's reputation. Aldon Smith is a rookie, so he played against only nine NFC opponents. That means he likely wasn't even considered by players and coaches from six other NFC teams. But all of that should change next season.The 49ers coaching staff handled Smith wonderfully this season. They didn't put too much on his plate. They allowed him to get comfortable as a pass-rusher, while keeping him fresh so he could thrive late in games.Next season, Smith will be a starter. And a lot more people will be aware of him. With his sack against Seattle on Saturday, Smith passed Dwight Freeney for the second-most sacks in a single season by a rookie. Smith is just a half-sack from the record:Most rookie sacks
Jevon Kearse (Tennessee, 1999) 14.5
Aldon Smith (49ers, 2011) 14
Dwight Freeney (Indianapolis, 2002) 13
Leslie ONeal (San Diego, 1986) 12.5
Simeon Rice (Arizona, 1996) 12.5(Note: Von Miller, a Denver starter at outside linebacker, was named as a starter on the AFC Pro Bowl team. Miller is tied for third in the AFC with 11.5 sacks.)

49ers linebacker Foster named to NFL All-Rookie team


49ers linebacker Foster named to NFL All-Rookie team

Linebacker Reuben Foster was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America.

Foster started all 10 games in which he appeared for the 49ers after being selected with the No. 31 overall pick out of Alabama. Foster finished second on the 49ers with 72 tackles. He had seven tackles for loss, ranking No. 2 on the team behind rookie defensive lineman Solomon Thomas.

Foster was one of three linebackers selected as an all-rookie performer. Thomas, the No. 3 overall draft pick, was not among the four defensive linemen honored.

[MAIOCCO: Ex-agent says Reuben Foster's arrest could void salary guarantees]

Foster was selected as the winner of the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for November. He missed five games early in the season with a high ankle sprain and another game with a ribs injury.

The NFL’s top defensive rookie was New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who recorded five interceptions and scored a touchdown while making 13 starts.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
CO-OFFENSIVE ROOKIES OF THE YEAR: RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs and RB Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: CB Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints

QB – Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
RB – Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs; Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
WR – Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams; Juju Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
TE – Evan Engram, New York Giants
C – Pat Elflein, Minnesota Vikings
G – Dan Feeney, Los Angeles Chargers; Jermaine Eluemunor, Baltimore Ravens, and Ethan Pocic, Seattle Seahawks (tie)
T – Garett Bolles, Denver Broncos; Ryan Ramczyk, New Orleans Saints

DL – Derek Barnett, Philadelphia Eagles; Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns; Carl Lawson, Cincinnati Bengals; Dalvin Tomlinson, New York Giants
LB – Jarrad Davis, Detroit Lions; Reuben Foster, San Francisco 49ers; T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers
CB – Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints; Tre'Davious White, Buffalo Bills
S – Jamal Adams, New York Jets; Marcus Williams, New Orleans Saints

Special Teams
PK – Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs
P – Rigoberto Sanchez, Indianapolis Colts
KR – Ryan Switzer, Dallas Cowboys
PR – Jamal Agnew, Detroit Lions
ST – Budda Baker, Arizona Cardinals

Ex-agent says Reuben Foster's arrest could void salary guarantees


Ex-agent says Reuben Foster's arrest could void salary guarantees

Reuben Foster’s arrest Friday night on marijuana charges in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is likely to void $2.5 million in salary guarantees, according to a former NFL agent.

Joel Corry, appearing on the 49ers Insider Podcast, said there is language in Foster’s contract that voids the salary guarantees if he is fined under the NFL’s Policy on Substances of Abuse.

“Typically with veteran contracts, you must be suspended . . . in order to have contract guarantees void,” said Corry, whose work appears on CBS Sports. “What we’ve seen in rookie deals is they’ve extended that to getting fined, as well.”

According to a league source familiar with the 49ers’ structure on rookie contracts, the team’s standard practice is to void guarantees with fines. The 49ers were not harder on Foster because of a failed drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine due to a diluted sample.

Foster was released on $2,500 bond on Friday evening after being booked on second-degree marijuana possession, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

Under the NFL’s Policy on Substances of Abuse, the first offense for a violation of Stage Two, if marijuana, includes a fine equivalent to the pay of two game checks.

In Foster’s original contract, his entire scheduled salaries of $875,708 in 2018 and $1.286 million in 2019 were fully guaranteed. In addition, $339,000 of his scheduled $1.697 salary in 2020 was guaranteed.

“What that means is,” Corry said, “he doesn’t get the money, no matter what, any more. But he can still make the same money that’s in the contract on a non-guaranteed basis, but you don’t have the same security as you did before.

“So if his rookie year turns out to be an anomaly or off-the-field issues end up being problematic, it gives the 49ers more latitude to either ask him a pay cut or to release him.”

Foster started all 10 games in which he appeared for the 49ers as a rookie. The first-round draft pick from Alabama recorded 72 tackles.