NFL roundup: Blackmon unlikely in 2014
The Jacksonville Jaguars are unsure if suspended wide receiver Justin Blackmon will play this season.
Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley said he has been in contact via text message with Blackmon, but it has been several weeks since he heard from him.
Blackmon was suspended Nov. 1 of last year. He was also banned the first four games of the 2013 season.
49ers keep Smith
The San Francisco 49ers picked up the fifth-year option on defensive end Aldon Smith’s rookie contract.
The option year is worth $9.75 million in 2015 but is only guaranteed if he suffers a major injury. It does not become fully guaranteed next March if he is still with the team. The 49ers have the option to release Smith before the 2015 season.
The team also would not be required to pay him in the event of an NFL suspension or because of his legal issues.
Smith’s most recent off-the-field transgression was allegedly making a false bomb threat at the Los Angeles airport. He also has been arrested in the past on drunken driving charges and illegal possession of assault weapons.