Aldon smith

Open Field
‘Aldon Is Balling Again’
‘Aldon Is Balling Again’
Embattled linebacker Aldon Smith returned from his nine-game suspension just in time to help the 49ers compensate for a sluggish offense against the Giants on Sunday. Two wins in a row now have this team thinking playoffs again
By Jenny Vrentas
Open Field
The Teeter-Totter 10
The Teeter-Totter 10
Will their teams rise up or fall down during the final two months of the regular season? Identifying 10 players whose play could determine the playoff picture
By Greg A. Bedard
Business of Football
An Inevitable Conversation
An Inevitable Conversation
Ray Rice will get his day in court next week. If his indefinite suspension is lifted, the former All-Pro running back will be free to sign with any team. Would one do it? Here's a hypothetical look at how a coach and GM would make this decision
By Andrew Brandt
Deep Dive
49ers Preview: S.F. eyes 4th NFC title game in row
49ers Preview: S.F. eyes 4th NFC title game in row
Can a potentially more potent offense offset what might be a decline on defense? San Francisco will find out as Colin Kaepernick and company aim to keep pace with their Super Bowl champion, NFC West neighbors to the north
By Andy Benoit
Training Camp 2014
Five Things I Think I Think: San Francisco 49ers
Five Things I Think I Think: San Francisco 49ers
Peter King’s impressions after his MMQB Tour visit to Santa Clara
By Peter King
Training Camp 2014
49ers Report: Likely Aldon Absence Puts S.F. in Bind
49ers Report: Likely Aldon Absence Puts S.F. in Bind
Aldon Smith's looming suspension hangs heavy over a team looking to finally hoist the Lombardi Trophy after three straight near-misses. Can the defense—also without injured Navorro Bowman—keep up its torrid pace of seasons past?
By Robert Klemko
Monday Morning Quarterback
On Holding Out, Money and that NFC Title Game Loss
On Holding Out, Money and that NFC Title Game Loss
Welcome to Monday Morning QB, Guest Edition! 49ers tight end Vernon Davis takes the reins and dishes on topics including his ongoing contract situation, the biggest problem in NFL locker rooms and losing to the rival Seahawks
By Vernon Davis
Business of Football
Explaining the Fifth-Year Option for Teams
Explaining the Fifth-Year Option for Teams
A key deadline occurs Friday night regarding players picked in the first round of the 2011 draft. For teams, it's a chance to get an extra year—on the cheap—from a talented young player. For players, it's a chance to see their true status
By Andrew Brandt
Weekend Notes
The Strength of Birds
The Strength of Birds
The Cardinals shook up their strength and conditioning staff in the offseason, bringing in a mad scientist and an Olympic gold medalist hurdler to recondition the team. Plus, Johnny Manziel, San Francisco suspension chatter and more
By Greg A. Bedard
Monday Morning Quarterback
The Draft Games Begin
The Draft Games Begin
It’s a rite of April. Draft chatter is at full buzz and no one knows what’s the truth and what’s just spin. Let’s cut through all that with five things to know as May 8 draws near. Plus, NFL Media’s new leader, 10 things and my journey to England
By Peter King