A fire sale is the sale of goods at extremely discounted prices. Aldon Smith might be on the trading block after yet another ugly incident involving alcohol. Per NFL.com, the 49ers have until May 3rd to exercise the 5th year of his rookie contract. There has been a lot of negative headlines for the 49ers this off-season and the organization needs to make a statement by jettisoning Aldon Smith. They can release him outright, or negotiate a trade and get back value via draft picks.
I know every player that is available, or potentially available gets linked to Dallas, so I'll be that guy that takes the low hanging fruit and makes the connection of Aldon to Dallas. This would be not only a splashy move for Jerrah, but also a necessary one after letting DeMarcus Ware go. Last year was a bad year for Smith, but in 2012 he was a one of the top Defensive players in the NFL with 19.5 sacks. He is just coming into his prime as a player and I cant think of a better coach than Marrinelli to help bring the best out of him. Jerrah would need to put Aldon in the "Dez' program" (24/7 security, no booze, midnight curfew). I would argue Jerrah's rules have worked incredibly well for Dez. He's been able to take his game to the next level because football is his main focus now. Aldon Smith buying into that type of regime remains to be seen, but I think the upside for getting a top DE in his prime is worth a gamble.
The next question is what would it take to acquire Smith? I would not be willing to give up a draft pick unless we had a contract pre-negotiated for a term of 3 or 4 years. Maybe a deal structure similar to Melton, one year at a deep discount with a 3 year team option at Smith's market value. Or, I would be willing to give up a 2nd or 3rd round pick in exchange for a contract of 4 years, $36 million- $12 million guaranteed. Smith is 24 years old and clearly needs to grow up, but what a fantastic piece he would be for our defense. Opportunities like this are rare, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.