Contract: 5 years, $26,500,000; $13 million guaranteed
One of the more lucrative signings made by the 49ers, the 27-year-old linebacker is set join NaVorro Bowman in the 49ers’ inside linebacking corps. And that’s probably mainly why he was brought in, as “Bowman Insurance.”
It may seem costly, but it’s ultimately worth it considering Smith is a starter-level worthy player.
He clearly won’t get the starting nod over Bowman, but the recent injuries to No. 53 have forced the 49ers to think ahead in case of another injury. Once a Super Bowl MVP, Smith is a sufficient choice to fill that slot behind Bowman.
In his two seasons as an Oakland Raider, Smith racked up 226 total tackles (186 solo, 40 assisted) and 4 sacks. He was 16th this past season in tackles, ranking ahead of notable names like Bobby Wagner, Jamie Collins and Vontaze Burfict, per Pro Football Reference.
And averaging at $4,300,000 million per season, cap space won’t be eaten away for the duration of the deal.