All Pro defensive end Justin Smith will be with the San Francisco 49ers for the foreseeable future after signing a contract extension with the team earlier today. The 33 year old star has agreed to a two year extension, most likely meaning that he will carry out his playing days as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.
Coming off of a surgery after last season’s 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl, Justin Smith was unsure whether or not he would be with the team beyond this year. Explaining the possibilities of having to play in a new city and wear a new uniform should he play football beyond this coming season, he was quoted as saying that “at this point in my career, nothing’s a given. Nothing’s a guarantee. They don’t like old guys anyway for football. I’m going to enjoy this year, do the best I can this year. Hopefully it’s enough for the team and we get it done.” Those comments came just a week ago.
Things can change quickly in the National Football League, and for Justin Smith the possibility of having to look into playing elsewhere must seem as if it is in the distant past after signing his contract extension with the 49ers today.
General Manager Trent Baalke released the news of the resigning in a statement for the team. “Justin’s All-Pro contributions on the field, as well as his leadership on and off the field, are integral to our success as a team. Justin consistently sets a standard of excellence, serving as an example for everyone within our organization. This contract allows Justin to finish his career as a 49er!”
The surgery Smith underwent in the off season was for a partially torn triceps muscle. He suffered the injury during a game against the New England Patriots on December 16, and sat out the rest of the regular season as a result. This was the first time he had been absent for a regular season game in 185 starts, showcasing his toughness.
When the playoffs rolled around Justin Smith was able to further extend his reputation for toughness, playing through the pain and helping the 49ers reach the Super Bowl. He had twelve tackles during their playoff run, and should be back to 100 percent for the season opener this year, as the team hopes to once again reach the pinnacle of professional football.
A four time Pro Bowl selection, Justin Smith has 75.5 sacks in his career as well as 14 forced fumbles to go along with 553 total tackles. Since joining the team in 2008 he has been one of the biggest impact performers on their elite defense.
No word is yet available as to the details of the two year contract extension Justin Smith and the 49ers have signed.
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