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Raiders LB Aldon Smith being sued by 49ers for unpaid signing bonus forfeiture

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Aldon Smith is still banished from the NFL indefinitely. His minimum one-year ban was up midway through last season, but commissioner Goodell opted to not reinstate him. And while he continues to try to return to being employed by the NFL and the Raiders, his former team is still coming after him for money owed from his previous DUI suspension.

According to a document filed by Scribd provided to CSN Bay Area, Aldon Smith’s contract with the 49ers states he must repay $1,186, 027 of his signing bonus due to his 9-game suspension during the 2016 season

On August 27, 2016, Smith was suspended for nine games for violating the NFL Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse and the Personal Conduct Policy. As a result, pursuant to theterms of his contract and the CBA, Smith was required to forfeit to the Forty Niners $1,186,027.

To date, Smith has re-paid the Forty Niners $844,396.82, but still owes the Club $341,630.18.

On November 4, 2016, the System Arbitrator issued an order requiring Smith to re-pay to the Forty Niners the balance of $341,630.18 within thirty days of the Order.

Smith and the NFLPA had ten days to appeal that ruling and did not, so the 49ers are suing Smith for the remainder.

For an NFL player, and certainly for an NFL team, that’s not a whole lot of money. Though I’m sure it would be a whole lot easier to pay back if Smith was earning a paycheck these days.