Posted: 12:42 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2013
By David Fucillo
Woo hoo, Cowboy is sticking around! The 49ers announced this morning that defensive tackle Justin Smith has signed a two-year extension. He was previously signed through 2013, and this deal will keep him with the 49ers through the 2015 season.
Smith was one of the more prominent free agents on the horizon, and this deal would seemingly lock him up for the rest of his career. He has said in the recent past that he saw himself potentially playing a few more years, and this would seem to set that up. There is no word yet on contract details. The 49ers have renegotiated a few deals lately to clear up some cap space, and even with Eric Reid still left to sign, the team had some room to potentially do some work.
Smith has been rehabbing his torn triceps muscle this offseason, and not taking part in team drills during the offseason workout program. He is expected back in time for training camp, and even said that had there been a game this past week, he would have played.
Since joining the 49ers in 2008, Smith has 536 tackles, 32.0 sacks, one interception, seven forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and nine passes defensed. And that does not even come close to describing his impact with the 49ers. There is a strong argument to be made that he is the most valuable player on the 49ers defense. His absence late last season and performance at less than 100% in the playoffs just about sums it up.