The San Francisco 49ers continue to lock up their own talent for the future, this time signing star DE Justin Smith to a two-year contract extension that will make him a Niner until 2015. The details of the contract were not initially released, but this extension effectively means that Smith will end his career as a 49er.
Smith, 33, has been the best free agent signing for the 49ers in recent history after signing a six-year, $45 million contract in 2008. Smith has garnered praise as the Niners have skyrocketed to one of the best teams in the NFL. Smith is continually one of the best defenders in the NFL since signing with the Niners.
Smith has said that he believes he has three solid years left in the NFL and this contract extension reinforces that.
Smith has been the anchor on the 49ers defense and after injuring his triceps versus the New England Patriots in Week 15 last year, the 49ers defense never recovered. Allowing a lot of points and yardage throughout the end of the year and in the playoffs, Smith is almost 100% and will likely be perserved for opening week and will not be available in the 49ers preseason.
If i had to guess, you will see a majority of the Niners core not even suit up for the preseason that starts in August. With a team still recovering from a long season and brutal defeat in the Super Bowl, the Niners need to develop their young talent and keep their aging talent fresh for the playoffs.
Justin Smith will anchor the Niners D for the next three years. Three years in which the Niners could be Super Bowl favorites.