49ers sue Raiders' Aldon Smith repayment of forfeited signing bonus

49ers sue Raiders' Aldon Smith repayment of forfeited signing bonus

The 49ers are suing Aldon Smith.

The NFL management council and the San Francisco NFL franchise filed a complaint Monday against the Raiders edge rusher in United States District Court seeking $341,680, the remaining portion of a signing bonus forfeited when Smith was suspended nine games during the 2014 season for violating league policies on personal conduct and substance abuse.

Smith was paid a $8.961 million signing bonus shortly after being drafted No. 7 overall by the 49ers in 2011.

According to his contract and the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, Smith was required to repay $1.186 million of that signing bonus after being suspended without pay. Smith has an outstanding portion left unpaid.

Court documents, originally provided by, state that the NFL management council issued an order on Nov. 4, 2016 for Smith to repay the $341,680 balance within 30 days.

Documents state that Smith didn’t file an appeal of the order, and hasn’t paid his remaining balance back.

The NFL and the 49ers are seeking payment of the remaining sum and attorneys fees and costs associated with this legal action.

When contacted by, a 49ers spokesman declined comment on pending litigation. A league source familiar with proceedings of this nature described the suit as procedural when a team receives an arbitration award and the award has not been paid.

Smith is currently under contract with the Raiders, though he is banished indefinitely as a repeat offender of the NFL substance abuse policy.

Smith has had several run-ins with the law, including an August 2015 incident that has brought about misdemeanor charges of DUI with a prior conviction, hit and run and vandalism. That ultimately got him released by the 49ers.

The Raiders signed him just before the 2015 season, and he played nine games for the team before the NFL banished him indefinitely. He was out the entire 2016 season despite applying for reinstatement last fall. The league said it will review his reinstatement in March.

How Jordan Devey signing gives Raiders versatile offensive line depth

How Jordan Devey signing gives Raiders versatile offensive line depth

The Raiders hope Rodney Hudson plays every single offensive snap in 2019. He might be the league’s best center, and is the unquestioned leader along the offensive front.

They need a Plan B, even if they never hope to use it. Jon Feliciano was the primary reserve at guard and center, leaving a void upon signing with the Buffalo Bills.

Jordan Devey will fill it. The former Kansas City Chief signed a one-year contract with the Raiders on Thursday, the team announced, adding depth and versatility to an overhauled front.

Devey spent parts of five NFL seasons with New England, the 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, primarily as a reserve guard. He played more center over the past two seasons, and has some tackle work on his resume. Devey finished last season on injured reserve with a pectoral issue

Offensive line coach Tom Cable prizes versatility, especially with a need on the inside. Second-year pro Brandon Parker is expected to be a swing tackle.

Kolton Miller and Trent Brown will be starting tackles, with Hudson at center. Gabe Jackson and Denzelle Good look like starting guards at this time.

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Devey was clean cut Thursday when signing with the Raiders, but he rocked a pretty serious mullet last season in Kansas City.

Raiders GM Mike Mayock explains the value of important pro day tour


Raiders GM Mike Mayock explains the value of important pro day tour

General manager Mike Mayock and his traveling Raiders band are on a college pro day tour.

They were at Alabama on Tuesday, Ohio State on Wednesday and will be at Kentucky on Friday, connecting with elite NFL draft prospects worthy of the Silver and Black’s No. 4 overall selection. Coaches and scouts have shuffled in and out, which the GM personally visits prestigious schools important to this year’s Raiders draft.

Alabama’s Quinnen Williams, Ohio State’s Nick Bosa and Dwayne Haskins, and Kentucky’s Josh Allen are the main attractions, but the Raiders are keeping a close eye on everyone at these big-name schools.

The Raiders have watched game film on all of them and evaluated NFL combine workouts. They have met with several and done homework on those under consideration. Mayock’s pouring over tape day and night preparing for his first NFL draft as an NFL general manager.

They know these prospects well, but Mayock still sees advantages in going to pro days himself.

“I think it’s a couple different things,” Mayock said Wednesday in an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco. “When you’re in person you get a better feel. You can watch all the tape in the world, which we do, but when you’re here in person you sometimes get a better feel for their movement ability. You get a better understanding for how they interact with each other, with the coaches. I’m big on collecting information.”

Mayock didn’t see Williams or Bosa do any on-field work. Both guys stood behind excellent combine stats and bowed out of pro-day drills. According to Maiocco, Allen will follow suit and sit out during drills at Kentucky's pro day Friday. 

“We’re seeing more and more of the top 10 or top 20 guys who are electing not to work out,” Mayock said. “To be honest with you, if you have a couple years of tape and a full combine workout, we ought to be able to evaluate him.”

The Raiders will conduct a private workout with Williams so defensive coordinator Paul Guenther can see him up close. Such an exercise will happen with other prospects the Raiders are considering throughout the draft, especially with their four valuable selections in the top 35 overall.

The Raiders were still able to check in with Bosa, believed to sit high or on top of their draft board. Kentucky’s up next, where the Raiders will keep an eye on several prospects including a host of defensive backs. Allen will be a focus despite not doing anything at Wildcats pro day. He has done enough already. That includes a decision to return for his senior season, which Mayock believes paid big dividends.

He has moved near the top of most draft boards following a season where he had 88 tackles, including 21.5 for a loss, 17 sacks, and five forced fumbles.

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“He’s a talented edge rusher,” Mayock said. “I think most of the league’s very aware of him. He put some weight on this year and carries it well. I think he’s kind of a testament to coming back to school as a senior. I think he enhanced his draft status immeasurably coming back bigger, stronger faster and having the kind of year he had.”