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Justin Smith | Defensive Lineman

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (35) / 9/30/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 285
College: Missouri
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Several members of the 49ers are trying to convince RE Justin Smith to play again this season.
Smith, 35, has been mulling retirement for the last three months. The 49ers could certainly use the borderline Hall of Famer, especially after surprisingly losing defensive studs Patrick Willis and Chris Borland to early retirements. Smith's teammates are giving him a bit of the Brett Favre treatment. Apr 9 - 7:43 AM

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49ers RE Justin Smith is "still sorting" through his retirement decision.

GM Trent Baalke has no plans to force Smith's hand. "Justin Smith has earned the right to announce his playing status on his own time," Baalke said. Baalke added that Smith will either be all in or all out in 2015. Previous reports had suggested Smith could return mid-season.
Mar 11 - 8:17 PM

CSN Bay Area reports the 49ers are open to the possibility of an in-season return from RE Justin Smith.

Smith is still "leaning" toward retirement, but the 49ers are open to all possibilities, including stashing Smith away on a reserve list for the first six games of the season. Smith hopes to have his status settled by next week.
Mar 10 - 5:43 PM

49ers RE Justin Smith isn't "100 percent" sure of his 2015 status.

"I'm going to decide by next week probably," Smith said. "So you'll know by then. It's not 100 percent." Profootballtalk reported Monday morning that Smith was retiring, while most signs have pointed that way for some time. CSN Bay Area's Mindi Bach reports Smith will meet with 49ers GM Trent Baalke on Monday. Per FOX's Mike Garofolo, the team is exploring ways to limit the "physical toll" on Smith, including a reduced practice schedule.
Mar 9 - 3:18 PM

Sources tell PFT that 49ers RE Justin Smith is retiring.

Unlike Patrick Willis' surprise revelation, this is expected news. Smith turns 36 in September and although he's still playing at a productive level, the timing seems right given the regime change in San Francisco. Smith earned five Pro Bowl trips and one first-team All-Pro selection in his 14 seasons, annually serving as one of the league's most disruptive 3-4 ends. He at least deserves an outside shot at Hall of Fame consideration.
Mar 9 - 10:55 AM

49ers RE Justin Smith dropped by team headquarters on Wednesday to discuss his future with new coach Jim Tomsula.

Beat writer Matt Barrows passes along "cautious optimism" that Smith will continue his playing career, rather than retire. HBO's Inside the NFL reported immediately after the season that Smith would call it quits, but the Niners are trying to talk him out of it. Smith has been training "regularly" at the 49ers' facility and is reportedly in "excellent shape."
Mar 4 - 7:16 PM

49ers RE Justin Smith will discuss his future with GM Trent Baalke after the NFL Combine.

A report surfaced after the season that Smith was leaning toward retirement, but we haven't heard anything since. Though certainly past his prime, Smith was still a productive player in 2014, recording 43 tackles and five sacks. The 35-year-old has one year remaining on his contract.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 19 - 12:55 PM

49ers DE Justin Smith is expected to retire from the NFL.

Nicknamed "Cowboy," Smith earned five Pro Bowl berths and one first-team All-Pro selection across 14 seasons, opening his career with the Bengals and spending his final seven years as a 49er. Although Smith was not a prolific pass rusher -- he never did reach double-digit sacks in a season -- he was an unmovable run-stopping force and highly disruptive end-tackle who made players around him better. Smith played with incredible "country" strength. We suspect Smith will not go into the Hall of Fame, but he should get some consideration.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 05:42:00 PM

49ers RE Justin Smith revealed he had offseason shoulder surgery.

Smith suffered shoulder damage in last year's training camp, but played through it and had it repaired over winter. Entering his 14th season, Smith said he's now taking his career one year at a time. He's missed just three games.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 04:25:00 PM

49ers RE Justin Smith is recovering from an offseason "procedure," but should be ready for training camp.

Coming off yet another terrific season, Smith is entering his age-35 campaign. After seeing his snaps reduced in 2013 in an effort to keep him fresher, Smith's play count could dip again in 2014 with DL Tank Carradine healthy and added to the mix. Smith has missed just three games in his 13-year career.
Wed, Jun 18, 2014 03:43:00 PM

Justin Smith played on 780-of-1064 snaps (73.3 percent) in 2013.

With Tony Jerod-Eddie and Demarcus Dobbs showing well off the bench, Smith rotated out more than he has in his career. It can only be a good thing for a guy heading into his age-35 season. Smith was still plenty effective in 2013, grading out as a top-six pass rusher from the 3-4 end spot in Pro Football Focus' grades.
Wed, Jan 29, 2014 12:30:00 PM

After RE Justin Smith's 2012 triceps tear, the 49ers allowed 300 passing yards per game and a 102.1 rating to opposing quarterbacks.

Those stats include Smith's playoff performances at less than full strength, and are in comparison to a 183-yard average and 74.6 QB rating in Smith's 13 1/2 healthy games. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to identify Smith as a critical cog and difference maker. Esteemed beat reporter Matt Maiocco suggests Smith is the "most important player" in Vic Fangio's defense.
Sat, Jul 20, 2013 05:41:00 PM

Justin Smith's two-year extension saves the 49ers $4.27 million in cap room this season.

Interestingly, Smith negotiated this deal without an agent. His $7.5 million 2013 base salary was converted into a $6.56 million signing bonus, a $940,000 base salary with a $500,000 workout bonus, and a $100,000 roster bonus. In 2014, he'll earn $4.55 million and in 2015, he'll receive $2.65 million in salary. Despite Smith's age, it's a very team-friendly deal for arguably the best 3-4 end in football.
Thu, Jun 20, 2013 11:29:00 AM

49ers RE Justin Smith said he won't play out his two-year extension as a part-time player.

Smith has no interest in fading quietly into the night as he plays out the next three seasons. If he can't be a full-time player, there's language in the deal to let both sides out. "I won't be a guy that's around for 10-20 snaps," Smith said. "It's either I'm going (to play full-time), or I'm not going. And when it's time to get my ass out of here, I'm going." The Niners will groom second-round rookie Tank Carradine as a defensive end, but a healthy Smith remains dominant.
Thu, Jun 20, 2013 08:26:00 AM

49ers RE Justin Smith (triceps) is currently bench-pressing more than 400 pounds.

It sounds like Cowboy's triceps/elbow is doing just fine. Fresh off signing a two-year extension, Smith is expected to be 100 percent for training camp.
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 05:51:00 PM