49ers in wait-and-see mode with Kaepernick, Smith

49ers in wait-and-see mode with Kaepernick, Smith
April 18, 2014, 7:45 am
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Aldon Smith faces three felony weapon charges and a misdemeanor DUI charge; Colin Kaepernick was involved in a "suspicious incident." (AP)

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The investigation into the “suspicious incident” in Miami grinds on, as police this morning said there have been no updates from detectives working the case.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has not been accused of anything. The woman who stepped forward to file the report made no accusation and police initially said there's no evidence of a crime.

Yet, of course, until the full details are available and there’s closure in the report, the 49ers have no reason to expedite Kaepernick’s contract negotiations.

The preferred timeline of a contract extension in place before the start of 49ers training camp in late-July remains unchanged. General manager Trent Baalke set that timeline during the NFL owners meetings last week and CEO Jed York is prepared, he said, to approve a deal that would make Kaepernick among the top-paid quarterbacks in the NFL.

The floor for a deal that would meet the approval of Kaepernick’s representation is likely to be $18 million. Kaepernick is, by far, the top client for Scott Smith of XAM Sports.

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Meanwhile, the next move with outside linebacker Aldon Smith will likely come from the NFL. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office has yet to make a decision on formal charges against Smith, who was arrested Sunday in Los Angeles International Airport for making a false report of a bomb threat.

Smith is scheduled to appear in Santa Clara Superior Court on April 29 on three felony counts of possession of illegal assault rifles and a misdemeanor DUI charge from a September incident.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suggested in November the league would be lenient on Smith because he sought treatment for substance abuse, missing five regular-season games while on a voluntary leave of absence.

However, the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy states that the commissioner has the power to impose discipline “on an enhanced and/or expedited basis” when it comes to repeat offenders. And Sunday's incident seriously jeopardizes Smith's immediate football future.

[RELATED: Aldon Smith's 49ers career in jeopardy]

The policy reads: “In such cases, the timing and nature of the discipline will be determined by the Commissioner based on several factors including, but not limited to: the severity of the initial charge and the later charge, the facts underlying the later charge; the length of time between the initial offense and later charge; and the player or employee’s compliance with counseling and other programs.”

The league is expected to impose a suspension of some length for Smith this season, according to those with knowledge of the situation.

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