Aldon Smith trade: Buccaneers unlikely to be interested

Thearon W. Henderson

Aldon Smith might be available for trade, but the Buccaneers aren't likely to go after him.

Aldon Smith allegedly yelled "bomb" at LAX, which led to his arrest. That's stupid, and certainly not the first off-field incident for the pass-rusher. He entered rehab, missing a large part of the 2013 season, folowing a DUI incident and was charged with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon in October. He was also arrested for a DUI back in 2012. And now, according to Tim Kawakami, the San Francisco 49ers are fed up.

Right to the point: My view, after talking to several sources involved with the 49ers' decision-making, is that troubled linebacker Aldon Smith hasn't only lost the benefit of the doubt, he probably won't play for the 49ers in 2014.

This clearly opens the door for an Aldon Smith or even a release, though that's likely a long way off given his $3 million in guaranteed salary this year. And with the Bucs' well-publicized appetite for pass rushers, he'd be a great fit in Tampa. Who wouldn't want a player with 42 sacks in 43 career games?

Not the Bucs, though.

They just traded away their second-best wide receiver due to a series of minor off-field incidents, none of them as serious as Aldon Smith's. Lovie Smith publicly complained about a "pattern of behavior" and how they wouldn't tolerate off-field distractions. If Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke are unwilling to handle Aldon Smith's off-field issues, Lovie Smith certainly isn't touching him. Right or wrong, the Buccaneers are not interested in this kind of distraction.

Aldon Smith is a terrifically talented and productive football player who would look great in any scheme, wearing any colors. It just won't be pewter and red.

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