LONDON — The 49ers are considering deals to extend the contracts of several young players, and that includes troubled linebacker Aldon Smith, general manager Trent Baalke said Friday.
"That's the ultimate goal," Baalke said. "At the same time, like every player, there's a lot of things that go into a long-term decision."
And even a lot more in Smith's case. He'll miss his fifth straight game Sunday after entering treatment following an alleged drunk-driving accident. How Smith responds after his rehabilitation stint will factor into his long-term future with the 49ers, Baalke noted.
"It's like anything, you're developing that trust factor again," Baalke said. "We all understand, including Aldon, that situations like this have to be in the past."
Smith and quarterback Colin Kaepernick can't get new contracts until after this season, since they're third-year veterans.
Kaepernick is indeed a top priority, as are the contract situations of left guard Mike Iupati, cornerback Tarell Brown and leading wideout Anquan Boldin.
No extensions appear imminent, and Baalke wouldn't rule out any being awarded before the end of the season.
Brown lost a $2 million workout bonus prior to the season.
"We're doing our best to make it right," Baalke said. "What is right? I don't know the answer. We'll do our best to make sure T-Brown feels he's being treated fairly by the 49ers organization."
Said Brown: "I'm focused on football. The biggest thing is to focus on the next game and that's the Jaguars. The rest of that will take care of itself. I'll leave it to upstairs and my agent, and they'll do their best to make it work."