SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke says the 49ers have had preliminary discussions with linebacker Aldon Smith and his agent to let them know the team would like to keep him beyond this season.
Smith is entering a contract year after missing nine games in 2014 serving an NFL suspension for violations of the league's substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies.
In spring 2014, the 49ers exercised their 2015 option for Smith, but Baalke made it clear they would be no-nonsense regarding his off-field issues. Then this past March, Smith restructured his contract into a more incentive-laden, team-friendly deal that gives the 49ers room if he were to get in legal trouble again.
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Baalke, speaking in an impromptu session with reporters at Levi's Stadium, says bringing back tight end Vernon Davis also is a focus.
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