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Justin Smith | Defensive Lineman | #94

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (36) / 9/30/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 285
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 1 (4) / CIN
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Profootballtalk.com passes along an "intriguing rumor" from the Combine that ex-49ers DE Justin Smith wants to come out of retirement, but does not want to play for San Francisco.
The situation in San Francisco has become extremely toxic under tyrannical GM Trent Baalke. Smith wants no part of it, per the rumor, but is interested in playing football again. As PFT's Mike Florio notes, the 49ers still control Smith's rights on the reserve/retired list. Florio also concludes that Smith's return to the NFL is "unlikely." Smith turns 37 next September. Feb 26 - 8:50 PM

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49ers DE Justin Smith announced his retirement from football.

Profootballtalk.com and NBC's Alex Flanagan both previously reported Smith would join Patrick Willis and Chris Borland in retirement, but Smith didn't make it official until Monday. 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. Expect another step back from the 49ers' defense this season.
Mon, May 18, 2015 04:09:00 PM

Justin Smith will announce his 2015 playing status on Monday.

Smith has been agonizing over a potential 15th year in the league. The 49ers seemed in the dark about his status as recently as Friday. The fact that it's May and Smith has yet to hang up his cleats suggests he'll return, but perhaps he was just making certain he's ready to retire. We'll know in the next few hours.
Mon, May 18, 2015 02:35:00 PM

49ers coach Jim Tomsula said he did not talk with Justin Smith on Friday and does not have any meetings scheduled with the potential retiree.

The 49ers expected to have "more of a feel" about Smith's future after Friday, but Tomsula made it sound like he was still in the dark. That uncertainty could be frustrating the rookie coach, who said, "It's getting to the time where you're going to have to know something." If Smith really wanted to retire, he likely would have already made it official. There is a decent chance he returns for one more run.
Sat, May 16, 2015 11:10:00 AM

The 49ers expect to have "more of a feel" on Justin Smith's future by Friday.

GM Trent Baalke appeared poised to meet with Smith on Wednesday, but it didn't happen. The sides are inching along toward a resolution on Smith's 2015 status. The fact that Smith hasn't hung up his cleats yet suggests he can be talked into returning.
Thu, May 14, 2015 01:53:00 PM

49ers GM Trent Baalke plans to speak with Justin Smith this week.

Baalke says he hopes to come away with a better gauge of Smith's future with the team. Speaking last week, Smith said he'll decide his status "sometime this month."
Tue, May 12, 2015 02:41:00 PM

49ers DE Justin Smith will sit down with team brass "sometime this month" to decide whether he'll play football in 2015.

Even after drafting Arik Armstead at No. 17 overall, the 49ers would love to bring back "Cowboy," who has juice left in his tank and could also be a terrific mentor to college underachiever Armstead. "You'll know in about three weeks or so," Smith said Monday. The 35-year-old didn't say which way he's leaning.
Mon, May 4, 2015 03:54:00 PM

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.
Thu, Apr 9, 2015 07:43:00 AM

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.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 08:17:00 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.
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 05:43:00 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.
Mon, Mar 9, 2015 03:18:00 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.
Mon, Mar 9, 2015 10:55:00 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."
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 07:16:00 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
Thu, Feb 19, 2015 12:55:00 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

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