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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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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. Feb 19 - 12:55 PM

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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

49ers signed RE Justin Smith to a two-year extension through 2015.

Smith was entering the final season of the six-year, $45 million contract he signed in 2008. Expect this extension to kill two birds with one stone; soften his 2013 cap hit and keep Smith in town through his age-36 season. Smith's 2012 late-year effectiveness was sapped by a triceps tear, but he's still one of the game's best 3-4 ends. He graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 1 player at the position in 2011, 2010, and 2009.
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 12:36:00 PM

The 49ers are expected to rotate their defensive line more heavily than in past seasons.

From 2011-2012 only two defensive linemen played more snaps than Justin Smith and Ray McDonald. Smith will turn 34 during the first month of the season and is coming off a torn triceps. The defense was noticeably weaker with Smith out of the lineup, so it's in the best interest of the team to keep him fresh.
Wed, Jun 12, 2013 06:04:00 PM

49ers GM Trent Baalke says RE Justin Smith (triceps surgery) already has "no restrictions" in his rehab, and is back in the weight room.

Smith underwent surgery soon after the Super Bowl. The 49ers will likely take it easy with Smith in their offseason program, but he's on pace to be 100 percent for training camp. Baalke also said Aldon Smith (labrum) is coming along "conservatively," but will be fine. The defending NFC champs have no reason to rush either of their pass-rushing linchpins.
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 01:57:00 PM

The Sacramento Bee confirms 49ers RE Justin Smith (triceps surgery) is on track for the start of training camp.

Smith underwent surgery in February and has already shed his sling. He's currently in attendance at the Niners' offseason conditioning program. Smith, who turns 34 in September, is coming off of a 66-tackle, three-sack season.
Mon, Apr 15, 2013 01:39:00 PM

Including the playoffs, 49ers RE Justin Smith's 2,141 snaps over the past two seasons are fourth among all defensive linemen.

That's despite the fact that Smith missed 2.5 games in 2012. Smith had appeared in 185 consecutive contests before partially tearing his triceps in Week 15, but it's fair to wonder if the 49ers will ease up on their defensive line linchpin in 2013. If they don't, it's quite possible Smith's triceps tear will end up the first of many injuries for a player who's going on 34. Backup Ricky Jean-Francois has made a minimal impact on 637 snaps over the past two seasons.
Wed, Feb 6, 2013 01:16:00 PM

49ers RE Justin Smith confirmed he will not retire.

Smith is ready to attack his rehab following this week's surgery to repair his partially torn triceps. He'll enter the 2013 season at age 34 and in the final year of the six-year, $45 million pact he signed in 2008. "I would like to come back and try to get (to the Super Bowl) again," Smith said. "I realize my career is definitely winding down. I'm not saying I'm going to play another eight years or something."
Wed, Feb 6, 2013 08:31:00 AM

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