LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office has referred the airport arrest of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith to the Los Angeles city attorney’s office for misdemeanor consideration, not felony.
The referral by county prosecutors was announced Thursday without elaboration.
Smith was arrested April 13 at Los Angeles International Airport.
Airport police say the 24-year-old player was randomly selected for a secondary screening and became uncooperative with the process, telling a TSA agent that he had a bomb.
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Smith already faces felony charges in Santa Clara County in connection with two separate incidents, one involving assault rifles.
The 49ers have until May 3 to pick up a $9.75 million option on Smith’s contract for the 2015 season. ESPN has reported the team isn’t expected to exercise the option.
Richard Sherman feels the best way the Seahawks could show him their appreciation would be by showing him the money.
“Whatever they feel I am due, I will take it as respect,” Sherman told NFL Network. “It’s all about respect in this game, and the only way people show respect is the dollars. We’ll see what happens.”
Contract negotiations between the Seahawks and the Pro Bowl cornerback are ongoing, but a source directly involved told ESPN the sides are not as close as some reports have indicated.
Sherman is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is scheduled to make $1.4 million this season. There is no timetable for the sides to reach an agreement, but it is clearly a team priority to secure both Sherman and safety Earl Thomas to long-term deals.
Sherman, 26, could command a salary larger than the recent deal awarded to Darrelle Revis, who will make about $12 million with the New England Patriots.
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